Louisville Magazine

OCT 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 10.18 43 This is the seventh time Louisville Magazine has published the results of a Powerful People survey. The first was almost 25 years ago, and, since the beginning, we've used alumni of Leadership Louisville programs as our voters, reasoning that their experience in leadership programs was more likely to expose them to the levers of power and influence. And we recognize that the kind of power we're talking about is defined largely by perception — those who have power in any community are, to some extent, those whom others believe have power. We also know that power is not the same as popularity or name recognition. Power or influence is sometimes most effectively wielded out of public view. Some folks have made the list every year. Humana founder David Jones Sr. (No. 2 on this year's list) has never finished lower than No. 3. The other names to appear on each list since 1994: Frost Brown Todd chairman emeritus Ed Glasscock (No. 3); St. Stephen Church senior pastor Kevin Cosby (No. 11); U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (No. 15); and former Mayor Jerry Abramson (down to No. 44). One thing that has never changed: The mayor has always finished No. 1. But plenty of things have changed. Just look at the University of Louisville, which has been synonymous with the word "scandal" in recent years. Our 2014 Powerful People list included U of L president James Ramsey (No. 2), athletic director Tom Jurich (No. 6) and men's basketball coach Rick Pitino (No. 21). All three no longer work at U of L, and, needless to say, none made this year's list. But new U of L president Neeli Bendapudi did. She's at No. 4. Other new names in this year's top 25: Louisville Urban League president and CEO Sadiqa Reynolds (No. 6), Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Marty Pollio (No. 8), Metro Council president David James (No. 19) and Gov. Matt Bevin (No. 25). (Oh, another name that didn't make this year's list but did in the past: Papa John's founder John Schnatter.) Here, we present Louisville's top 50 Powerful People, as well as the top 15 in specific categories.

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