Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter wrote, “At 31, Mark Zuckerberg facebook’s chairman and CEO, stands out as something of an elder statesman,” in his October editor’s letter. “He is far and away the youngest person ever to grab the top spot on the New Establishment list. He has not only proved himself as a brilliant entrepreneur; he may well become one of the great long-haul corporate leaders of the past half-century. . . . The $240 billion company he scratched out of his dorm room at Harvard is apparently just his first step toward world domination in the realm of social networking.”
“Zuckerberg has struck deals with The New York Times and BuzzFeed to publish articles directly into users’ pages. He’s reportedly negotiating with record labels and content providers to secure rights to music videos and scripted shows. And, if he has his way, virtual reality may someday soon connect every person in the world. These are just a few of the reasons why Zuckerberg tops Vanity Fair’s 2015 New Establishment Disrupters list, a milestone the magazine celebrates by featuring the mogul on the October cover, in a photo by Annie Leibovitz.”
The Cycle of Mogul Disruption will continue to accelerate
According to Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Vanity Fair’s “The New Establishment”, 100 Unicorns have emerged creating shareholder value of approximately half a trillion dollars.
He expects the disruption will continue and it looks as though the average age of the Disrupter will continue to drop. Here are the Vanity Fair rankings of the “Top Disrupters”, with their ages, in 2015 and 2014:
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