Each year, Vanity Fair Magazine identifies who they believe to be the world’s most influential people with their New Establishment List. The list honors “the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs,” with such influential individuals as Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page, and newly appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook at the top of the rankings. This year, creative chief officer for Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios John Lasseter has earned a coveted spot on the New Establishment List, with the ranking of #8 out of 50. He is ranked in between Reed Hastings of Netflix and music superstar Lady Gaga.
This is Lasseter’s second time on the New Establishment List. In 2008, he earned the #28 spot on the list, along with fellow Pixar directors Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton. The 2011 list also includes frequent Disney collaborator Tim Burton, who is currently in production for the upcoming Disney film Frankenweenie, along with Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp. Depp and Burton, along with Graham King, hold the #14 spot on this years list.
To see the complete list, visit Vanity Fair’s official website.