Vanity Fair’s annual “New Establishment” list of the top 100 leaders for the information age has just been released, and there’s been some incredible movement up and down the rankings, largely due to a credit crisis that’s still bludgeoning financial firms. Private equity giants took the most serious tumbles: KKR’s Henry Kravis dropped from No. 51 to No. 77, SAC Capital’s Steve Cohen plummeted from No. 54 to No. 99, and Blackstone’s head honchos Stephen Schwartzman and Peter Peterson fell from No. 4 all the way to not even making the top 100.
There were some notable new financial faces on the list: Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein ranked No. 20, edging out fellow newbie JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon, who ranked No. 21. But another big banking chief took a fall on the charts: Lazard CEO Bruce Wasserstein tumbled from No. 43 to No. 62, one notch behind Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.