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Warren Buffett Gets #5 Power Ranking from Vanity Fair

Warren Buffett is #5 on the just-released Vanity Fair 100 list, the magazine's annual "power ranking." That's up one slot from last year's #6 ranking, dislodging his good friend Bill Gates.

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The ranking appears in the new October issue which features, inexplicably, Nicole Kidman on the cover rather than Mr. Buffett. (What were the editors thinking!)

A paragraph accompanying the list on Vanity Fair's website notes that Mr. Buffett has "finally unveiled his plans to name a successor" by narrowing down "thousands of contestants in an American Idol-like runoff." (Will we be seeing Ryan, Simon, Paula and Randy in Omaha?)

Finishing ahead of Mr. Buffett on the list are:

  • Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. (#1 last year)
  • Steve Jobs, Apple, Disney, Pixar (#3 last year)
  • Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google (#2 last year)
  • Stephen Schwarzman and Pete Peterson, The Blackstone Group (#34 last year)

Just behind Warren:

  • Bill Clinton (#7 last year)
  • Steven Spielberg (#10 last year)
  • Bernard Arnault, LVMH (#19 last year)
  • Michael Bloomberg, New York City mayor (#36 last year)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates (#5 last year)

All in all, not bad company to be in.

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