Misty Copeland: Boundary Breaker

Ballerina, author, brand ambassador, community activist, dancewear designer, media darling, and world traveler, Misty Copeland, is at it again. She's throwing her hat into an arena that, at first glance, might not seem to be her forte, might not seem to be a ring she’d master. But if we know anything at all about the 32-year-old American Ballet Theatre soloist, it’s that she has little regard for the way things seem like they should be. And once she sets her sights on it, there is no arena she can’t own, no stage she can’t call her own.

Jason Strauss: The House That Strauss Built

Before the breakup of the Seagram Spirits and Wine Group in the late 2000s, the powers that be decided it was time for something new. The premium Scotch whiskey brand Chivas Regal needed a makeover. It had to be something fresh and edgy, something that would generate buzz. And even though the luxury liquor was a favorite of Jim Morrison and enjoyed multiple mentions in the world of pop culture, the rebranding had to be something that would get the masses talking even more. Enter Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg.

Ian Schrager: Hotels, Design, and Nightlife

It was way back in 2006, in the good old days of prosperity and flashy displays of wealth, when we first sat down with the man we dubbed "the king of cool," Ian Schrager. Flash forward four years later and the success of Schrager's Gramercy Park projects serve as a testament to his dynamic staying power in a fickle world of instant gratification, as well as his ability to lead the culture of modern-day America.
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