8:07 am, April 29th | by Peter Lauria
Media moguls used to hold a special place among the power elite. Other captains of industry were forced to cozy up to them of their control of information — or because they wanted to befriend them for their access to celebrity. They were, as Time Warner’s current CEO Jeff Bewkes once said, “powerful personalities who created stars that fueled their power.”
But those days are long gone. As evidenced by Mogulite’s power grid rankings, the digital information and entertainment economy has essentially castrated the old media’s big swinging… well, you know.
Only one leader of an old line media company — News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch — cracks the top 50 on the power grid’s most influential moguls list. Murdoch’s position at No. 9 is a testament to his uncanny — or unsavory depending on your point of view — ability to influence politics here and abroad through his media properties.