Boston’s 50 Most Powerful People
Edited by Carly Carioli & George Donnelly
Boston’s power structure can be ruthless and efficient, transformative and unforgiving. It’s also contradictory: We are building faster than ever, while our public transportation system crumbles beneath our feet. Only within our city’s notoriously tight circles of influence could a construction magnate engineer an Olympic bid out of thin air, then be unceremoniously gutted for it—and still wind up at number one on this list.
The city is changing, and not just physically. The seats of corporate, cultural, and political power have been upended. The old guard knows a new generation is ready to make its own rules. But good luck unseating the old guard.
As with any list, this one’s as much provocation as prognostication. We’re Bostonians: We love to argue. We surveyed dozens of insiders—and some outsiders, too—to debate who’s really got power and who just looks the part. Because ultimately, we’re looking for the people who can solve our biggest problems—transportation, housing, education, healthcare—and bring the best and the brightest along with them.
A Closer Look
Power sometimes comes in pairs, the one out front and the one behind the scenes. The power of one is obvious, but the influence of the other becomes apparent over time.
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