The 2008 edition of the annual Vanity Fair 100: The New Establishment list –basically a catalogue of the world's most important people in the areas of governance, business, and entertainment– came out today and Pixar is very well represented.
To start off, we have co-founder Steve Jobs; he's listed at #4. After discussing his achievements at Apple, Vanity Fair, under the heading "Can Be Proud Of", cites Pixar and the huge success of WALL-E.
(The word on the street is that Jobs continues to be meaningfully involved with Pixar, attending Walt Disney Company board meetings and the like.)
Here's where things get really interesting, though: Pixar's John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Brad Bird are tied for #28 on the list –that's higher than Arnold Schwarzenegger (ranked at #33), Tom Hanks (#34), Disney CEO Bob Iger (#35), Bono (#36), Oprah (#43), George Clooney (#55), last year's Best Picture/Best Director Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen (#85), and Hollywood heavyweights Bob and Harvey Weinstein (#87).
Surprising, but extraordinarily well deserved, don't you think?