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David SLOAN An ABC News heavyweight who started at the network over twenty years ago, he's now the executive producer of 20/20 Friday, the network's flagship (and highest-rated) newsmagazine. The founder of 20/20 Downtown, he was brought in at the request of Barbara Walters to give an edge to the Friday show.

Liz SMITH The 77-year-old Queen of Gossip and New York icon shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She's still clinking champagne flutes at A-list parties on both coasts and pumping out a daily dose of celebrity dish at the New York Post that's syndicated in nearly 70 nationwide newspapers. Last year, the jubilant Texan published Natural Blonde, her best-selling memoir. But don't call her gay. She's bi!

William SOFIELD An interiors architect with a strong modernist bent mixed with a craft tradition, Sofield has been in the international fashion and design limelight since he redesigned the New York and Beverly Hills Gucci stores, with Yves Saint Laurent makeover to follow. Also designed the interior of the SoHo Grand Hotel.

Andrew SOLOMON An impeccably connected writer who has written extensively on Russian art, euthanasia, foreign policy, and medical issues. Solomon's much-anticipated book on depression, The Noonday Demon, will be published this summer.

Stephen SONDHEIM Considered by many to be the finest living composer, the 70-year-old lyricist-composer had his breakthrough with the musical Company. Since then, he has added to his sterling résumé Sunday in the Park With George and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, not to mention the lyrics to Gypsy and West Side Story. In 1997, he received the National Medal of Arts Award from President Clinton.

Darren STAR The protégé of Aaron Spelling became a household name after creating Beverly Hills 90210 and executive-producing Melrose Place. As executive producer of HBO's Sex and the City, he introduced the Cosmo to places like Dubuque. But his latest venture, The $treet, was canceled by Fox.

David STEWARD The Time Inc. golden boy helped build Martha Stewart's empire as COO of Living Omnimedia, then left to be CEO of TV Guide until its merger in 1999. He is now CEO of Earthnoise, a streaming-video company.

James A. STEWART A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former page 1 editor of the Wall Street Journal, he wrote the best-selling Den of Thieves and Blood Sport, among other books. He now writes on business and politics for The New Yorker.

Catharine STIMPSON Among the leading luminaries of American academic life, she serves not only as dean of New York University's Graduate School of Arts & Science but also as director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, which annually awards "Genius" grants worth $500,000 apiece.

Andy TOBIAS Recently elected to a second term as DNC treasurer after raising a record amount during last year's elections, the influential investor, best-selling author, and financial writer incessantly calls just about everyone else on this list and beyond, extracting money and cutting deals.

Henry VANAMERINGEN The largest single benefactor to such gay causes in the city as the Center and In the Life, this septuagenarian is heir to the International Fragrance Corporation, the De Beers of the perfume industry.

Junior VASQUEZ Now entering his third decade behind the turntables, the legendary D.J. still reigns supreme on dance floors thanks to a Saturday-night party at Twilo that extends further and further into Sunday every year. A master mixer who's worked with everyone from Whitney Houston to Madonna, he just released a CD for Virgin.

Olive WATSON The IBM heiress sits on the board of the state's gay lobby, the Empire State Pride Agenda. A generous philanthropist who focuses on women's and gay issues, she's an avid pilot who flies her own plane. She and her partner have a 4-year-old son.

George C. WOLFE Head of the Public Theater, who made his mark with his plays The Colored Museum and Jelly's Last Jam, both about racism and black culture in America. He was inducted into the theatrical canon in 1996 when he won a Tony for Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk.

Evan WOLFSON The senior staff attorney at Lambda Legal Defense Fund, he's argued some of the major gay cases of the decade, including the battle for marriage rights and last year's Supreme Court challenge to the Boy Scouts. In June, The National Law Journal named him one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.

Tony WRIGHT As chief strategy and planning officer for North America at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, he heads up all advertising, direct-marketing, and interactive at the mammoth communications conglomerate. Brought in such clients as BP Amoco, Goldman Sachs, and Motorola, and just launched the Blue card for American Express.

Dr. Christopher BARLEY and Jonathan SHEFFER Sheffer, a composer and conductor, oversees (and helps bankroll) the well-regarded Eos orchestra. Barley, an internist, was one of Hillary's health-care advisers. The couple is active in state and local politics and helped raised wads of cash for both Hillary's campaign and the DNC.

Jonathan BURNHAM and Joe DOLCE Burnham is president and publisher of Talk Miramax Books, which recently snagged a series of high-profile authors: David Boies, Rudy Giuliani, Madeleine Albright, and Dr. Jerri Nielsen, whose South Pole memoir, Icebound, hit No. 1 on the Times nonfiction list. Dolce, the former Details editor and co-founder of Fashion Wire Daily, is now developing film and TV projects.

Kate CLINTON and Urvashi VAID A writer and renowned grassroots organizer, Vaid ran the D.C.-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force before taking a plum job at the Ford Foundation. Clinton, a comedian, now has a regular stint on CNN, taking jabs at politicians and infusing the depressed network with needed humor.


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