Thursday, October 15, 2009

From Douchey to Powerful: GQ's New List of Princetonians

Last month, "GQ" declared Princeton the third douchiest college in all of America.

Now the magazine is out with a list of the 50 most powerful people in D.C. (according to the journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers and influence peddlers it polled)
. The obvious first question is how many Princetonians made their way on to this prestigious ranking. The answer? Quite a few.

No. 3
Ben Bernanke
Chairman, Federal Reserve

Just how powerful is this former Princeton economics professor?

"There's one man, undeniably, who controls the country's financial future more than anyone else."

That powerful.

No. 5
Peter Orszag '91
Director, Office of Management and Budget

Just two spots after Bernanke, Orszag in his influential post puts two Princetonians in the top five. Not bad at all.

No. 19
Robert Mueller '66
Director, FBI

The world hasn't heard much from Mueller since he took office seven days before Sept. 11, 2001. He'd likely tell you that's the way it's supposed to be. But that doesn't prevent the guy from being one of the 20 most powerful people in the nation's capital.

No. 21
Richard Holbrooke GS '70
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, State Department

Holbrooke spent a year as a fellow at the Wilson School. We figured that was enough to stick him on this list. After Hillary Clinton, "GQ" argues Holbrooke's got the hardest job in the State Department these days.

No. 24
Edward Yingling '70
CEO, American Bankers Association

Yingling represents Wall Street's biggest players in the city where virtually everyone is talking (either for or against) about sweeping overhauls of financial regulations. He's a big deal, guys: The ABA contributed $3.7 million to campaigns last cycle and spent $9 million on lobbyists.

No. 27
Jane Mayer
Staff Writer, The New Yorker

Mayer didn't go to Princeton, but she is co-teaching a seminar this semester with her husband, who works for "Politico." Mayer made it big after reporting about interrogation programs and assassination plots at the CIA.