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The Top 50 American Disrupters Shaping Our World: Elon Musk Is The Disruption King

Sheryl Sandberg

Packed with Silicon Valley luminarie, Tesla boss Elon Musk was named No. 1 on Vanity Fair’s annual “New Establishment” ranking of the top 50 Disrupters, leaping ahead of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at number two. The new chief disrupter: Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors.

Interestingly, tech-titans dominate the ‘Disrupters’, others in the top 5 include: Apple’s Tim Cook and British design guru Jonathan Ive (No. 3); Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (No. 4); and Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg at number five.

The No. 6 spot went to Netflix’s chief executive Reed Hastings and head of content Ted Sarandos, venture capitalists Mark Andreessen and Ben Horowitz clocked in this year at No. 7.

Sheryl Sandberg

Perhaps more interesting, the first of only 5 women in a list of 50 ‘Disrupters’ is everyone’s favorite Facebook exec, Sheryl Sandberg at No. 12. She is joined by Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer at 15, along with Susan Wojcicki at 19, Re/code Co-Executive Editor Kara Swisher (No. 40), and Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso at 48.

The New Establishment 2014 was broken into two lists this year: “The Disrupters” and “The Powers That Be” — feels are shaping our world.

Tesla boss Elon Musk

Ranking Of The Top 50 Disrupters:

1 ELON MUSK TESLA MOTORS, SPACEX

2 LARRY PAGE AND SERGEY BRIN GOOGLE

3 TIM COOK AND JONATHAN IVE APPLE

4 JEFF BEZOS AMAZON

5 MARK ZUCKERBERG FACEBOOK

6 REED HASTINGS AND TED SARANDOS NETFLIX

7 MARC ANDREESSEN AND BEN HOROWITZ ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ

8 JACK MA ALIBABA

9 TRAVIS KALANICK UBER

10 BEN SILBERMANN PINTEREST

11 SATYA NADELLA MICROSOFT

12 SHERYL SANDBERG FACEBOOK

13 KEVIN FEIGE MARVEL STUDIOS

14 JACK DORSEY SQUARE, TWITTER

15 MARISSA MAYER YAHOO

16 DICK COSTOLO TWITTER

17 DREW HOUSTON DROPBOX

18 DANIEL EK SPOTIFY

19 SUSAN WOJCICKI YOUTUBE

20 EVAN SPIEGEL SNAPCHAT

21 BRIAN CHESKY AIRBNB

22 SHANE SMITH VICE

23 PREET BHARARA FEDERAL PROSECUTOR

24 KEVIN HART COMEDIAN

25 YURI MILNER INVESTOR

26 NICK WOODMAN GOPRO

27 RAND PAUL POLITICIAN

28 MASAYOSHI SON SOFTBANK

29 KEVIN SYSTROM INSTAGRAM

30 PIERRE OMIDYAR FIRST LOOK MEDIA

31 JØRGEN VIG KNUDSTORP LEGO

32 JONAH PERETTI BUZZFEED

33 THE YOUTUBE STAR

34 JEREMY STOPPELMAN YELP

35 ROELOF BOTHA AND JIM GOETZ SEQUOIA CAPITAL

36 JOHN GREEN AUTHOR

37 DIETRICH MATESCHITZ RED BULL

38 MEGAN ELLISON AND DAVID ELLISON FILM PRODUCER

39 DANA BRUNETTI PRODUCER

40 WALT MOSSBERG AND KARA SWISHER RE/CODE

41 TONY FADELL NEST LABS

42 EDWARD SNOWDEN ACTIVIST

43 BRIAN ACTON AND JAN KOUM WHATSAPP

44 BILL MARIS GOOGLE VENTURES

45 HOSAIN RAHMAN AND YVES BÉHAR JAWBONE

46 JOHN LEGERE T-MOBILE

47 YANCEY STRICKLER KICKSTARTER

48 SOPHIA AMORUSO NASTY GAL

49 SEAN RAD TINDER

50 DAVID ROSENBLATT 1STDIBS

Ranking Of The Powers That Be Ranking

1 RUPERT MURDOCH 21ST CENTURY FOX, NEWS CORP.

2 BOB IGER THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

3 BRIAN ROBERTS AND STEVE BURKE COMCAST

4 MICHAEL BLOOMBERG BLOOMBERG LP

5 BEYONCÉ MUSICIAN

5 JAY Z MUSICIAN

6 ROBERT DOWNEY JR. ACTOR

7 DAVID ZASLAV DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

8 ROGER GOODELL NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

9 HILLARY CLINTON POLITICIAN

10 DAVID FINCHER DIRECTOR

11 LEE KUN-HEE AND LEE JAE-YONG SAMSUNG

12 JIMMY IOVINE AND DR. DRE BEATS

13 HERB ALLEN III ALLEN & CO.

14 SANDRA BULLOCK ACTRESS

15 JIMMY FALLON, JIMMY KIMMEL AND STEPHEN COLBERT LATE-NIGHT HOST

16 REID HOFFMAN AND JEFF WEINER LINKEDIN, GREYLOCK

17 RICHARD PLEPLER AND MICHAEL LOMBARDO HBO

18 SHONDA RHIMES AND CHUCK LORRE SHOW-RUNNER

19 TOM STEYER PHILANTHROPIST

20 TYLER PERRY FILMMAKER

21 MICHAEL RAPINO LIVE NATION

22 PHARRELL WILLIAMS MUSICIAN

23 MARC BENIOFF SALESFORCE.COM

24 J.J. ABRAMS FILMMAKER

25 DAN GILBERT QUICKEN LOANS

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