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The 2015 Power List

At the intersection of Richmond’s four worlds, here are the people best positioned to drive debate and shape the city’s future.

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For more than a decade, Style’s Power List has pinpointed the people at the center of Richmond’s most significant discussions — and ranked their level of power.

The word power isn’t one of those comfortable concepts among polite company. For many people it conjures up the kind of greedy, desk-pounding, backroom-scheming movie character that Michael Douglas might play.

But power is acquired — and used — in all kinds of ways. It exists, it lives and breathes. And it manifests itself throughout the debates that shape a community.

As we define it, power is a combination of formal and informal factors: money, leadership, persuasion, celebrity. It’s the control of community resources and level of good will attained. It can be won and lost, earned and given away.

The Power List, as always, is a snapshot in time, an effort to answer such questions as: What’s driving the local economy? Who’s shaping Richmond’s cultural identity? And who’s in a prime position to drive debate and shape the city’s future?

But the Power List is more than a set of answers. It’s a starting point for the questions worth asking in the year ahead. --Jason Roop

Here are Richmond's most powerful people in ...

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