The old adage goes, if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. We say the ultimate test is whether you can make it in the Hamptons.
Now that summer is rapidly approaching, so is the official Hamptons season. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of the biggest power players who call the Hamptons home. From some of the wealthiest people in the world, to groundbreaking entrepreneurs, to the restaurant and nightlife veterans who run the summer scene.
So how did we come up with our Hamptons Power List? The people included are uniquely successful and have an influence in the Hamptons that extends beyond just having a home. We also tried to include influencers in a broad range of categories—from real estate titans to hospitality gurus. Sometimes knowing the person who can get you a table at the hottest restaurant is just as important as knowing the person with the biggest house on the block, something we definitely kept in mind too.
Click through the slideshow above for our Hamptons Power List: 50 People You Need to Know This Summer!
From Tory Burch to Hilary Rhoda, see who made the cut on our Hamptons Power List!
Jonathan Adler, Interior Designer and Entrepreneur, Shelter Island
This triple threat furniture designer, author, and potter has built a name for himself, and an empire along the way. It wouldn't be a far reach to say that every new homeowner's dream would be for Mr. Adler to pay them a visit, but visiting one of his boutiques is a close second.
When it came time to decorate his own Hamptons home, Adler went with a cozy Bohemian-Palm Springs vibe. A stark contrast to its interior, he and husband, Simon Doonan, made a statement when they painted the house black. The stylish couple enjoy paddleboarding in front of their home and admiring the view of the dream getaway they built together. And seriously, who could blame them?
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Tracy Anderson, Fitness Entrepreneur, Sag Harbor
Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day-Method turned her into a household name. The fitness guru has motivated women everywhere to achieve their dream bodies, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian included. Along with fitness studios in LA and New York City, Anderson has a Water Mill branch, so you truly have no excuse to be out of shape come summer.
Anderson and her family reside in Sag Harbor, where she admits that she and her son enjoy the occasional burger and shake at LT Burger. It's good to know that Anderson has a bit of a human side to her.
Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director at Guild Hall, East Hampton
Ruth Applehof, who first came to East Hampton 38 years ago, has pioneered the marriage of art and education during her tenure at Guild Hall. As Executive Director she has led projects like Fiesta Day, which celebrates the Latin American community, and Project Hero, an anti-bullying educational campaign.
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André Balazs, Hotelier and Real Estate Developer
We’d like to trade frequent flier miles with André Balazs, the hotelier and real estate developer who owns some of our favorite hotels from New York City to LA. If you have the style and status, you might be lucky enough to hop on Balazs’ red Cessna Caravan for a charming VIP trip from Manhattan to Sunset Beach, the tony beachside hotel that Balazs owns in Shelter Island. It is at Sunset Beach where you are most likely to spot Balazs come summer, usually sipping on his namesake brand of rosé wine.
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Joy Behar, Comedian and TV Host, East Hampton
Trading in her Sagaponack home for a 4,000-square-foot, 5-bedroom home in East Hampton seemed like a good way to kick off 2013 for The View host and comedian, Joy Behar. According to Curbed Hamptons, Behar was able snag the property for the bargain price of $2.875 million—what a deal! With her recent announcement that she’s leaving The View, we’re guessing she may be spending some of her free days lounging by the pool.
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Daniel Benedict & Andrew Saffir, Philanthropists and Entrepreneurs, East Hampton
Front and center on the Hamptons social scene, Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir have brought new meaning to the term power couple—tackling fashion, travel, film, benefit galas, and too many charities to list. Even with Saffir running The Cinema Society and Benedict working as ambassador for The Leading Hotels of the World—the two make time for one another, and savor time on the beach near their low-key East Hampton home.
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Kelly Bensimon, Writer and Socialite, East Hampton
Some may know her as Bethenny Frankel's archenemy on The Real Housewives of New York City, but the beautiful and spirited Kelly Bensimon created her name as a Columbia graduate, magazine editor, and model long before appearing on a reality TV show. A New Yorker through and through, Bensimon recently sold her 5-bedroom shingled-roof beach colonial in East Hampton for $5.76 million. We say out with the old and in with the new and we know that Bensimon will continue to be a Hamptons fixture—especially considering she just released the book In the Spirit of the Hamptons for Assouline.
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Christie Brinkley, Supermodel and Actress, Bridgehampton
59 going on 30, is it just us or does Christie Brinkley seem to get better with age? This supermodel’s 22-acre compound in Bridgehampton is decorated with much of her own artwork from broken plates to seashell lamps, and even a fireplace she designed at her in-home studio. One of her favorite ways to spend time in the Hamptons with family is to bring sleeping bags up to the tower of her property to watch meteor showers and get a good view of Montauk Point Lighthouse. Sounds like the perfect evening to us.
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Alison Brod, CEO of Alison Brod Public Relations, Bridgehampton
In stark contrast to Alison Brod’s pink, candy-filled office where she employs 50 people and represents clients including Godiva and Mercedes Benz, this PR powerhouse's Bridgehampton home is sleek and modern. She describes the home as "masculine" thanks to glass, stone, and mahogany accents. We say, it is seriously one of the coolest homes in the Hamptons. In other words, if Brod invites you over for dinner, don't pass up the opportunity.
Vince Camuto, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, Water Mill
A man who many women would like as their best friend, Vince Camuto founded the Nine West fashion empire before branching out and founding the Camuto Group, which he currently runs.
With a creative eye and a knack for design, Camuto spent $35 million dollars and six years transforming the 1887 Villa Maria estate in Southampton. Now a 22,000-square-foot mansion with 11-bedrooms, we wonder how many shoes you can store in the space?
Also an avid philanthropist, Camuto is hosting a benefit for God's Love We Deliver at his home on June 15.
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Matt Coffin & Natasha Esch, Owners of MONC XIII, Sag Harbor
Both a couple and business partners, Matt Coffin and Natasha Esch have brought high design to the Hamptons thanks to their store MONC XIII. Scoop up everything from Cire Trudon candles to Hermès table settings from their Sag Harbor boutique that has become a true design destination.
Andy Cohen, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Bravo, Shelter Island
With a big smile and bigger personality, you likely know Andy Cohen from his hosting gig on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. Always on point and entertaining, Cohen takes full advantage of his rest and relaxation time when at his Shelter Island home. Sam's and The Palm are two of the TV funny man's favorite restaurants on the East End. Reportedly a bit of a beach bum, you might be able to spot him lounging under the sun with pals like Kelly Ripa and Sean Avery.
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Tom Colicchio, Restauranter and Top Chef Host
Founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons and co-founder of Gramercy Tavern, Tom Colicchio definitely has a very impressive resume. Just last year, Colicchio opened Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, which quickly became one of the toughest reservations in town.
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Sean "Diddy" Combs, Rapper/Record Producer and Entrepreneur, East Hampton
If you’re hoping to crash this rapper’s famous 4th of July White Party, be prepared to battle the double layer of hedges and seven-foot-tall guards you'll find at his East Hampton home. Though he’s changed his name more times than we can count, this hip-hop mogul knows how to consistently throw good parties, particularly when in the Hamptons. Guests like Mariah Carey, Donna Karan, and Ashley Olsen can vouch for just that.
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Andrea Correale, Founder of Elegant Affairs
If you're throwing a party in the Hamptons this summer, you want Andrea Correale on your team. This entertaining know-it-all, and we mean that in the best possible way, has planned a white Labor Day party for P.Diddy and wrangled swans for Mariah Carey. And if she can do that, she can certainly handle anything you might throw at her.
Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan, Southampton
As the Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan magazine, we are confident that Christina Greeven Cuomo did her homework before purchasing her Hamptons home. Pale-powdered walls, Oly shell chandeliers, and flowers in almost every room make the space the perfect beach getaway for Cuomo, her CNN powerhouse husband, Chris Cuomo, and their two children, Mario and Belle.
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Gabby Karan De Felice, Co-Owner of Tutto Il Giorno, East Hampton
We can’t promise the meal will be light, but you will get your pasta’s worth at either branch of Gabby Karan De Felice's Tutto Il Giorno in both Sag Harbor and Southampton. The daughter of fashion icon Donna Karan, De Felice co-founded this nautical-chic Hamptons hot spot, quickly cementing her "it" status in the Hamptons. It is family first for this restaurateur. De Felice resides right next to her mother in an East Hampton home reportedly worth $6 million.
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Ina Garten, Author and Host of Barefoot Contessa, East Hampton
This Hamptonite of 35 years' favorite way to unwind is by watching the sunset near her home at Main Beach Pavilion with good friends and a chilled bottle of champagne. The Food Network host is known for her simple cooking techniques and comfort classics and her shingle-styled village home matches her effortless style thanks to its Belgian country décor. Needless to say, her dinner parties are a hot ticket.
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Tory Burch, CEO and Creative Director of Tory Burch, Southampton
Tory Burch is one of the few self made women billionaires in the world, and it is fitting she has a serious Hamptons house to go along with that title. The house is on Ox Pasture Lane in Southampton and Burch spent a cool $16 million on it back in 2010. The real testament to Burch's power in the Hamptons? The number of women walking around town in her Reva flats and tunics.
Jeff Goldstein, Owner of Blue & Cream, East Hampton
With two stores in East Hampton, Blue & Cream is the original source of Hamptons cool—and where you go if you are on the last minute hunt for that runway Rag & Bone dress or a 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli. Goldstein told Women’s Wear Daily his Hamptons stores have a department store feel, while still maintaining a beachy atmosphere, which might explain why they have become Hamptons hangouts in their own right.
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Dorothy “Dottie” Herman, President and CEO of Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Southampton
Dottie Herman had her work cut out for her when she started her real estate career decades ago as a divorced single mother, but since she has created an empire, rising to be the President and CEO of one of the biggest real estate companies in the country. She and her current husband have homes in Long Island, New York City and the Hamptons, though she attests her Hamptons home is her favorite.
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The Hiltons, Hotel Heirs, Water Mill
Sitting on 2.7 acres of land, the Hilton family’s Hamptons home includes 7-bedrooms, 7.5-bathrooms, ocean access, and a pool. Lucky for you, the family rents out the 10,000-square-foot house for $400,000 during the summer season. Thanks Paris, that’s hot. When the family is in the Hamptons you can spot the clan at Polo or charity galas.
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George Hirsch, Chef and TV Host, Sag Harbor
Be on the lookout for this famous foodie at The Hampton Classic, reportedly one of his favorite events to attend during the summer. Otherwise, we suggest picking up one of his cookbooks to try and mimic his favorite summer recipes.
Rachelle Hruska & Sean MacPherson, Entrepreneurs, Montauk
Nebraska-native, Rachelle Hruska, co-founded Guest of a Guest in 2007—which chronicles the social lives of New Yorkers. The site expanded to the Hamptons in 2008, quickly becoming a must read on the Hamptons scene. Meanwhile, her husband Sean MacPherson is the hotelier behind projects including the Bowery Hotel in New York City and the Crow's Nest in Montauk. In other words, the two of them have a serious lock on the Hamptons come summer.
Khajak Keledjian, Co-Founder of Intermix, Sagaponack
Persistence pays off. Fashion titan Khajak Keledjian had his sights set on a luxurious home in Sagaponack. It took him three years to get his hands on the 4-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot space designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Khajak and brother, Haro, launched Intermix together turning it into a $130 million dollar empire. Big achievement, big reward.
David Koch, Co-Owner and EVP of Koch Industries, Southampton
This billionaire businessman is the sixth richest person in the world according to Forbes. Given that status he can clearly afford the be all Hamptons estate, one lavish enough to host a fundraiser for Mitt Romney during the last election cycle. Our invitations must have gotten lost in the mail…
Jennifer Lopez, Entertainer, Water Mill
Post-breakup with Marc Anthony, this famous songstress made a fresh start with the purchase of a 14,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 9.5-bath Hamptons home featuring heated marble flooring this year. With a string of number one hit singles, movies, and TV hosting gigs, we’re sure the $18 million dollar purchase didn’t break the bank. A far cry from “Jenny From The Block,” don’t you think? We can't wait to see where Lopez will be hanging out on the East End this summer.
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Billy & Julie Macklowe, Entrepreneurs, Sagaponack
Power couple, Billy (he's the founder and CEO of William Macklowe Company) and Julie (she's the founder of Vbeauté) Macklowe fell in love with the open land and relaxing setting in Sagaponack where they decided to build their weekend home seven years ago. Together, the two have tackled real estate, fashion, skincare, etc.—but they treasure time making sand castles with their daughter, collecting shells, and cooking when in the Hamptons.
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Dini Von Mueffling, Writer and Philanthropist, Sagaponack
This New York City native helped raise $400,000 last year at the annual Love Heals at Luna Farm benefit. The proceeds went towards AIDS education. When the triple threat writer, activist, and mother isn’t signing books or raising thousands for charity, you'll likely spot her in the Hamptons with her advertising executive beau, Ted Sann.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress and Producer, Bridgehampton
Carrie, ahem Sarah Jessica Parker, created her ultimate Hamptons beach retreat with the help of designer and friend, Erick Hughes. She and husband, Matthew Broderick, emphasized comfort, color, and light when decorating their Victorian style Bridgehampton digs. Parker told Elle Décor the retreat needed to be suitable for kids and sandy feet, comfort chic at its best. Parker maintains she is a homebody when she is in the Hamptons and loves Prime Butcher & Baker for takeout.
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Carolyn Papetti, General Manager of Nick & Toni's
Hamptons mainstay Nick & Toni’s welcomed Carolyn Papetti as general manager earlier this year, replacing Bonnie Munshin, a 21-year veteran of the restaurant who will continue to work there part-time. Why does Papetti make our power list? Nick & Toni's has been the restaurant reservation to get for years in the Hamptons, and Papetti is now the gatekeeper to know. Get on her good side this summer and you'll be set.
Ron Perelman, Chairman of Revlon, East Hampton
When this billionaire businessman isn’t investing in makeup, cars, photography, cigars, camping, or jewelry (phew, and we even left some out!) – he is sitting comfortably in his East Hampton mansion. After all, he's the 79th richest person in the world.
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Tatiana & Campion Platt, Entrepreneurs, Water Mill
We’ve all heard how much networking can benefit our career—well Tatiana Platt has proven this to be true as the founder of Famegame.com, tracking the digital footprint of powerful New Yorkers. Husband, Campion Platt, shares her success as an award-winning architect and author. We’ve only scratched the surface describing the success of this duo, who co-chair The Watermill Center Summer Benefit.
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Ben Pundole, Entrepreneur and Hotelier, Montauk
Who doesn’t love travelling to new places and staying in beautiful hotels? Ben Pundole managed to make a career out of it as the man behind Surf Lodge and Ruschmeyer’s, two hotels that redefined Montauk.
Pundole’s latest venture is A Hotel Life, which rounds up the best hotels around the world to visit. Start saving up your PTOs, we’re sure his picks won’t disappoint.
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L.A. Reid, Music Executive, East Hampton
This music executive and X-Factor judge works hard and plays hard (with wife Erica at his side). After a long day in the recording studio, L.A. Reid gets to take in the view of lush gardens and ocean from his private beach in East Hampton. Lucky for Reid, his Hamptons oasis also has a drum studio in the basement and a meditation room, so he never has to leave.
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Hilary Rhoda, Model and Philanthropist, Southampton
A face of Estee Lauder, Hilary Rhoda has proven that she is more than just a beautiful face thanks to her philanthropic efforts. Love Heals and United Way’s campaign to reduce hunger in New York City are just a few of the charities Rhoda has supported. The beauty also enjoys barbequing at her Southampton home with friends and family.
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Ira Rennert, Investor and Businessman, Sagaponack
Ira Rennert owns the biggest house in the Hamptons—a 66,000-square-foot house with 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms. The self-made billionaire also had a museum built on his property to make room for his $500 million dollar art collection. Hey, if you've got it, flaunt it.
Kelly Ripa, TV Host and Actress, Southampton
Small-framed with a big personality, the Live with Kelly and Michael TV host regularly kicks back with her hubby Mark Consuelos and their children at their Southampton home. The soap opera actress turned TV host turned do-it-all mom loves to go to her Hamptons home on the weekends, even if it is cold! Also of note, during the summer Ripa hosts Super Saturday, a benefit for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
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Nic Roldan, Polo Player and Philanthropist
Nic Roldan is a force to be reckoned with on the polo field, but we can also assure you he is easy on the eyes. Apart from being a star polo player, Roldan has hosted the Annual Polo Classic to benefit Rally for Kids with Cancer, making him one to know on the Hamptons scene.
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Aby Rosen, Real Estate Mogul and Art Collector, Southampton
Founder of the partnership RFR Holding LLC, this German-born real estate tycoon owns properties all around the country, including New York City’s Gramercy Park Hotel and the Paramount Hotel, to name a few. Rosen has been known to ride his ATV around his Hamptons property with his kids, when he’s not taking the real estate world by storm.
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Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld, Actor/Comedian and Cookbook Author, East Hampton
A sense of humor pays off! Funny man, Jerry Seinfeld, and his cooking crazed wife get to cozy up in a 22-car garage, 12-acre waterfront estate in East Hampton. Once the home of Billy Joel, the estate is now equipped with a baseball diamond. The couple host a brunch for one of their favorite charities, Baby Buggy, in their home each summer.
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Peggy Siegal, Publicist and Owner of The Peggy Siegal Company
One of New York City’s leading publicists, and also one of the most controversial, Peggy Siegal began her business by hosting small dinner gatherings and screenings for influential New York press. When it comes time for the summer, you are absolutely going to want to land on her guest lists. Last year, Siegal hosted screenings for Bachelorette and End of Watch.
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Martha Stewart, Entrepreneur and TV Personality, East Hampton
The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has reaped the benefits of her very public life teaching us all how to cook and craft. One of the benefits is her East Hampton home, which she has owned for over 20 years now. The 3-story, 6-bedroom house sits on one-acre of land with a pool and a circular croquet court. If she’s short an egg or two, she has neighbors like Calvin Klein and Steven Spielberg to call on.
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Matt Shendell, President of Paige Hospitality Group
We would go so far as to say Matt Shendell is the king of Hamptons nightlife. As the President of Paige Hospitality Group and owner of Southampton Social Club, where Shendell goes, so does the party. Previously Shendell owned Dune in Southampton, reportedly one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s favorite Hamptons clubs.
Terrie Sultan, Director of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
The Parrish Art Museum's new building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has just opened, and it is the toast of the art world. Behind it all is Terrie Sultan who has worked in the museum world for over 25 years, and at the Parrish since 2008. Hats off to Sultan for the huge achievement, and make sure to add a visit to the museum to your summer itinerary.
Ben Watts, Photograher, Montauk
Australian native Ben Watts (brother of Naomi), says his home in Montauk makes him feel like he is on the northern beaches of Australia. Watts, his wife Jeanann, and their daughter, Ruby, enjoy watching summer sunsets together on their deck. It just so happens that Watts is also behind one of the biggest parties of the summer, Shark Attack Sounds, held in July each year. We'll see you there.
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Pierre Weber, Chef and Owner of Pierre’s, Bridgehampton
If you can’t swing the plane fare to France, get yourself to Bridgehampton’s Pierre’s restaurant for authentic, French cuisine. Advocates of the charming restaurant have said they feel like they are in France when dining here. That might explain the line at weekend brunch. And yes, if you are wondering if you are dining next to an Olsen twin when dining here, the answer is probably yes.
Robert Wilson, Founder of The Watermill Center
The Watermill Center, founded in 1991 by visual artist Robert Wilson, is both an art gallery and performing art center, and without a doubt one of the true epicenters of cool in the Hamptons. The annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit is the most talked about event each summer, and it raises millions for the artistic center.
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Samantha Yanks, Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons magazine and Executive Fashion Director at Niche Media, Bridgehampton
Need advice on all things Hamptons? Samantha Yanks should be your go-to considering she is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons magazine.
Despite her powerhouse status, down-to-earth Yanks enjoys playing badminton with her husband, David, and their daughter and eating at her favorite Hamptons restaurant, Nick & Toni’s.
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Joe Zee, Elle Creative Director, Sag Harbor
Fashion expert Joe Zee is the vision behind Elle magazine's fashion coverage. As a co-author of The ELLEments of Personal Style, Zee also knows a thing or two about beautiful homes. When he's not making appearances on his Sundance Channel show, All On The Line, or styling Hollywood's finest—Zee kicks back at his Hamptons retreat, where he admits he likes to watch American Idol and Top Chef.
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