2007 Power List: Howard Rubenstein, president, Rubenstein Associates Chairman, Rubenstein Communications

In New York's social, political, and media spheres of influence, nobody forges connections between the big players better than Howard Rubenstein. He has so many clients among the town's movers and shakers that a good deal of his business now consists of his acting as a benevolent power broker. He is a longtime confidant of institutions ranging from the New York Yankees to the New York Post and is known for acting as a strategic adviser more than as a mouthpiece. Through his sons Richard and Steven, Rubenstein has built a family legacy in the industry that seeds his influence far and wide. The list of top-level pros who have passed through Rubenstein's agency during the course of their careers could staff, well, a pretty good New York PR agency. As long as he decides to continue working, Ruben-stein will always be the go-to guy for those wishing to plant their flag among the city's elite or to seek forgiveness from those who are able to bestow it. And even when he decides to finally take it easy, his legacy will live on for decades.

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