From George Clooney to Bill O’Reilly and from Elizabeth Warren to Jeff Bezos, We reveal 2015’s definitive ranking of the most powerful Americans 50+.
What is power? Now, that was the key question we had to grapple with as we made this sure to be talked about list. It boiled down to this: Influence. If your presence, your words, your endorsement of anything moved the needle considerably in perception or tangible action—social media, legislation, business practices, innovation—you had power. Billionaires (and there are plenty of those in this country and on our list) are only wealthy people if they also don’t use their considerable resources to move the needle however they see fit. With that in mind, what follows is the NiC 50, the definitive ranking of the most powerful Americans 50+ in 2015.