Who is the most powerful editor in the world?

Mediaite.com is an online and print analysis site which is exhaustively documenting the relative influence and power of the top-ranking editors in the world. The ranks are calculated based on the print circulation of their associated publications, unique online visitors to the site of their associated publication, online buzz, blogs buzz, and Twitter followers (if applicable — not all editors have a twitter account).

An individual might be collectively ranked higher than any of their individual metric rankings, due to Mediaite’s algorithm weighting some metrics more than others. Arguably the whole process is stacked in favour of online versus print.

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Take a look at the results. You might be surprised who makes the Top 10.

Print circulation Unique web visits News rank Web rank Blog rank Twitter
1 Bill Keller #5 #3 #15 #23 #25 #24
1 039 031 17 308 554 73 149 000 1 213 9 717
Bill Keller is Executive Editor of The New York Times. After graduating from Pomona College in 1970 where he began his journalistic career by founding an independent newspaper called The Collegian (later called The Collage), he was a reporter in Portland with The Oregonian, the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, and at The Dallas Times Herald. He joined the New York Times in 1984, and was the Johannesburg Bureau Chief from 1992 to 1995.
2 Arianna Huffington N/A #7 #2 #3 #5 #5
N/A 13 631 093 695 000 695 000 8 283 470 122
Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is best known as co-founder of the news website The Huffington Post. A popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, she moved sharply to the left in the late 1990s. She is the ex-wife of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington.
3 John Geddes #7 #5 #33 #32 #23 N/A
883 179 14712,271 24 79,900 1,297 N/A
John M. Geddes is an American journalist and one of two managing editors of The New York Times, along with Jill Abramson. Geddes serves as managing editor for news operations, with responsibilities including production, budgeting and staffing. He and Abramson were appointed to their positions by executive editor Bill Keller to succeed former managing editor Gerald M. Boyd.
4 Nick Denton N/A #10 #23 #19 #11 #23
N/A 9 218 498 37 109 000 3 530 10 066
Nick Denton is a British journalist and internet entrepreneur, the founder and proprietor of the blog collective Gawker Media, and the managing editor of the New York-based Gawker.com.
5 Jill Abramson #7 #5 #49 #43 #64 N/A
883 176 14 712 271 8 44 900 25 N/A
Jill Ellen Abramson is the news managing editor of The New York Times. She has held the post since August 2003.
6 Perez Hilton N/A #39 #5 #4 #3 #1
N/A 1 904 979 307 630 000 11 230 2 538 265
Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., better known as Perez Hilton, is an American blogger and television personality. His blog, Perezhilton.com (formerly PageSixSixSix.com), is known for posts covering gossip items about musicians, actors and celebrities. He is also known for posting tabloid photographs over which he has added his own captions or “doodles.”
7 Brian Lam N/A #16 #57 #5 #16 #26
N/A 3 949 027 6 540 000 2 308 9 892
Brian Lam is the current Editorial Director at Gizmodo, a blog focusing on technology. Gizmodo is owned by Gawker Media, where Lam first worked as a writer in 2006, then later worked as Editorial Director since August 2006. Lam’s apartment in San Francisco also acts as Gizmodo’s headquarters in the city (Gizmodo also has an office in New York City). Before working for Gizmodo, Lam was a contributor and assistant editor for Wired magazine.
8 Matt Drudge N/A #19 #22 #21 #18 N/A
N/A 3 309 247 39 39 168 000 2 065 N/A
Matthew Nathan Drudge is the American creator and editor of the Drudge Report, a news aggregation website. Drudge is self-described as being conservative, populist, and libertarian. Drudge has also authored a book and hosted a radio show.
9 Andrew Breitbart N/A #33 #3 #9 #2 #10
N\A 2 336 572 482 388 000 12 040 26 762
Andrew Breitbart is an American webmaster, commentator for the Washington Times, author, an occasional guest commentator on various news programs who has served as an editor for the Drudge Report website. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and helped launch her website, The Huffington Post. He currently runs his own news aggregation site, Breitbart.com, and five other websites: Breitbart.tv, Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, and Big Peace.
10 Tina Brown N/A #38 #7 #16 #8 N/A
N/A 1 943 238 224 239 000 5 518 N/A
Tina Brown is a journalist, magazine editor, columnist, talk-show host and author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. Born a British citizen, she took United States citizenship in 2005 after emigrating in 1984. At the age of 25 then, she had been the editor-in-chief of Tatler magazine, and rose to prominence in the American media industry as the editor of the magazines Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992 and of The New Yorker from 1992 to 1998. In 2000 she was awarded the C.B.E (Commander of the British Empire) for her services to overseas journalism[1] and in 2007 was inducted into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame.[2] As an editor, she has also been honored with four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club awards, and ten National Magazine Awards.[3] In October 2008 she partnered with Barry Diller, chairman of IAC to found and edit The Daily Beast.

All profiles are courtesy of Wikipedia and statistics supplied by Mediaite.

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