Welcome to Mogulite
8:00 pm, April 24th | by Amy Tennery
Why launch a site about moguls? Now? The reasons range from the absurd to the sensible. For starters: peering into the lives of the ultra-wealthy is fun! Furthermore, many of these people control our everyday lives but don’t like to be seen or scrutinized. This doesn’t make sense to us. Even the most reclusive moguls should be getting just a fraction of the press coverage of the cast of “Dancing with the Stars.” Well, at least I would like to see more moguls on that show… or maybe not.
We’re committed to the idea that what the ultra-wealthy and powerful do matters, as much as many would like to deny it. We’re ready to celebrate those helping to change things for the better – while, on the other hand, highlighting hypocrisy and exposing those secretly serving as puppeteers, to make our lives more treacherous. We’d like to keep apace with the gobstoppingly wealthy — preferably over a round of aged scotch. If we can’t make it into the boardroom, we can at least join you top tax bracket folks at the Harvard Club and share a drink, right? No? Okay, fine. We’ll be at our laptops.
The point is, we’ll be neither sycophantic nor cruel – we will, however, be merciless.
So, who owns a 419-foot yacht named “Octopus” and celebrated New Year’s Eve 2005 by singing Johnny Cash songs with Usher? Who settled a $900 million insider-trading suit by donating $100 million to his own charitable fund? These are the juicy details we want to share. Read Mogulite and pop the Cliquot of knowledge.
Through Mogulite you’ll also have access to our exclusive, hand-crafted Power Grid, which ranks the most powerful and influential CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs. Unlike some publications, however, we’re not gauging based on wealth alone – we’ve got a unique rubric that accounts for media buzz and employment as well. Sorry, German manufacturing baron Friedhelm Loh; you might be worth $2.7 billion, but you ain’t mogul enough for us. Not yet, at least, umm, Mister Baron, sir.
If you’re not on the list, and ought to be, fear not. We’ll be updating our grid all the time through extra-special, high-techy doodads (and probably a lot of manual input from me). You’ve still got a shot. If we made a mistake, let us know, we’re happy to take a second look.
In the end, Mogulite recognizes that moguls are celebrities of sorts. Just because you didn’t make People’s “Most Beautiful” list doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful to us… or, at least that you don’t have things that we would find very beautiful.
Just remember to check in with us when you make your first billion.