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Ashton HAWKINS The impeccably connected recently retired general counsel and executive vice-president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was a founding board member of the World Monuments Fund. A close friend of Jackie Onassis's, he's a longtime society fixture who rarely steps out without an entourage.

Fred HOCHBERG The son of tchotchkes queen Lillian Vernon was co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign and a big Democratic donor. In 1998, he was appointed by President Clinton to the No. 2 slot at the Small Business Administration (with a little push from then Sen. Al D'Amato).

Roni HORN Sculptor and photographer who ranks among such minimalist masters as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Carl Andre.

Marc JACOBS Girls love Marc Jacobs, say the ads, but so do boys, especially now that he's opened a West Village men's store. Jacobs, one of fashion's most street-savvy designers, splits his time between New York and Paris, where he designs the red-hot Vuitton line.

Jasper JOHNS A modern-art pioneer who hit the bull's-eye with his images of targets and flags in the fifties and sixties, he's widely regarded as one of the greatest living American artists. moma gave him a major show in 1996, and his works have become American icons.

Philip JOHNSON At 95, he's the twentieth century's most revered architect, responsible for the Seagram Building, the AT&T Building, the Glass House, New York State Theater, the New York State Pavilion at the World's Fair, and countless other gems and, less memorably, for the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

Ronald JOHNSON An adviser on health issues to mayors Giuliani and Dinkins, he's now a top honcho at Gay Men's Health Crisis, helping to shore up the beleaguered AIDS-service organization, still the world's largest.

Marcy KAHN A lawyer long active in gay causes, she was appointed by Governor Cuomo to the State Supreme Court in 1994, making her the first openly gay person to sit on the state bench.

Chip KIDD Knopf's legendary book-cover designer single-handedly revolutionized the form, making even insufferable tomes seem enticing. He recently sold his first novel, The Cheese Monkey, to Scribner for six figures.

Andrew KIRTZMAN The veteran NY1 reporter is one of the most astute pundits on television, and his recent Rudy bio made front-page news.

Howard KOEPPEL A close Giuliani pal and one of the mayor's top fund-raisers, he owns a slew of car dealerships in Queens. His friendship with the mayor landed his lover a job in Giuliani's Department of Cultural Affairs. But with the mayor not long for City Hall, he's now cozying up to Mark Green.

Michael KORS He's the darling of Seventh Avenue and fave designer of the Upper East Side set, who swear by his luxurious, casual-chic sportswear (for both his signature and Celine), famously modeled by Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair. In 1999 he won the CFDA Designer of the Year award.

Larry KRAMER Hasn't written a play in years, or led an act-up demonstration since last century, but the acclaimed author and prickly conscience of the gay-rights movement can still pick up the phone and lecture Tom Brokaw or Leslie Stahl on their gay and AIDS coverage. Everyone takes his call.

David KUHN Tina Brown's deputy at The New Yorker and Talk, Kuhn was the first person Steve Brill turned to when he launched Contentville, and when he decided to kick himself upstairs at Brill's Content. As editor-in-chief, Kuhn has softened Content's media-scold persona and steadily broadened its reach.

David LACHAPELLE Leading photographer whose hyper, digitally manipulated pop style has attracted a cult following and brought him work at Vanity Fair and other top magazines. Part of the East Village underground, he is often seen around town with such carnivalesque nightclub fixtures as Amanda Lepore.

Nathan LANE Jumped from being Broadway's best-kept secret to a household name as Robin Williams's live-in lover in Mike Nichols's 1996 hit The Birdcage. Though his TV series, Encore! Encore!, flopped, Lane had huge success once again with Guys and Dolls and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Next up: the much-anticipated The Producers, with Matthew Broderick.

Helmut LANG Cutting-edge Viennese-born New York designer whose spare, modern collections have become an urban uniform of cool. Business was acquired for a hefty sum by Italian label Prada and is poised to be a fashion megabrand.

Arthur LAURENTSThe playwright, screenwriter, and author of Gypsy, West Side Story, and The Way We Were just wrote a memoir documenting his 50 years in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Fran LEBOWITZ The Dorothy Parker of the Hudson Hotel set, Lebowitz is said to be nearing completion of her latest novel, a very belated follow-up to the still-trenchant Social Studies and Metropolitan Life.

Arthur LEVINE Editorial director of an eponymous imprint at Scholastic, he is the editor responsible for Harry Potter-mania on this side of the Atlantic. Apparently had a complete makeover -- from hair to toe when J. K. Rowling's series started to fly off the bookshelves and create a pop-cultural frenzy.

Patrick MCCARTHY The powerful chairman and editorial director of Fairchild Publications, he oversees W, Women's Wear Daily, Jane, and Details. His influence on the fashion world expanded even further after Condé Nast bought Fairchild last year.

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