Wildcats dominate this year’s ‘100 Most Powerful Chicagoans’ list

Devan Coggan, Copy Chief

Chicago Magazine recently released its annual ranking of the “100 Most Powerful Chicagoans,” and this year’s list is looking positively purple.

According to a University news release, almost 40 percent of those listed are connected to Northwestern, ranging from alumni and trustees to parents of current or former NU students.

With 23 NU alumni and about 20 members of the Board of Trustees, the list features leaders in government, finance and publishing. Alumni range from Groupon CEO Andrew Mason (Bienen ’03) to Henry Crown and Co. chairman Lester Crown (McCormick ’46). University President Morton Schapiro falls in the middle at number 54, and alumnus and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Communication ’85) tops the list as the most powerful person in Chicago.

“The quality and scale of representation on this list is an important demonstration of our impact on the Chicago area,” Bob McQuinn, vice president for alumni relations and development, said in the release. “You might even think about this impressive collection of Wildcat family members as another way Northwestern is Chicago’s Big Ten team.”

Chicago Magazine compiles its annual list by ranking area leaders based on the criteria that those listed must reside primarily in the Chicago area, according to the magazine. In addition to financial and political leaders, the list honors artists, intellectuals and chefs whose achievements help put Chicago “on the global stage.”

The full list is available in the March 2013 issue of Chicago Magazine, as well as on the publication’s website.

Devan Coggan