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Jews Dominate Vanity Fair 100 Most Influential Moguls List

“So Much for Controlling the Media” was the headline on Heeb’s recent obituary for its own print product. But the latest issue of Vanity Fair offers evidence to the contrary; with Jews dominating that magazine’s annual index of the 100 most influential moguls, our grip seems secure as ever.

At the top: Preternaturally youthful Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whose “World Domination Watch” — Vanity Fair’s words — cites the fact that “Facebook runs more banner advertisements than any other website (176 billion a quarter) and drives more U.S. visitor traffic to some sites than even Google.”

The founders of mighty Google themselves, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, rank third; as Vanity Fair notes ominously, “Ken Auletta revealed in ‘Googled’ that the trio discussed buying The New York Times.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — whose former job involved running a local media company — took seventh place, followed by Oracle founder and amateur sailor Larry Ellison, holder of “the third-biggest American fortune after Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffett’s.”

Further down the list, the strivers include Hebrews like Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, which manages $3.3 trillion in assets; schmatte-peddler-made-good Ralph Lauren, who just opened a 23,000-square-foot flagship shop in Paris; J. Crew chief Millard “Mickey” Drexler, credited by VF with “brilliant retailing”; and Comcast head Brian Roberts, whose game-changing acquisition of NBC is pending regulatory approval.

Some also-rans who didn’t even make the top 20 might have to hide in the Hamptons this weekend: DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, MacAndrews & Forbes honcho Ron Perelman, Bloomberg LP vice president Dan Doctoroff, Daily Show MC Jon Stewart, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Whither heavyweights like Barry Diller? He’s at #40 this year. Despair not, guys; there’s always next year.

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