Famed Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto (#73) and Activision Blizzard Chairman Bobby Kotick (#72) are the only two video game luminaries to make the Vanity Fair 100, writes Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal:
[Miyamoto & Kotick’s] respective rankings…sandwiched between architect William McDonough and the aforementioned cybergossip Matt Drudge–are a full 40 spots below where [former CEO Larry] Probst and Electronic Arts placed just a few years ago. (For what it’s worth, EA CEO John Riccitiello did not make the list, which may provide more incentive to close that deal with Take-Two.)
And this despite the videogame industry tracking to record revenues for the year. We’re not sure what the solution is–it’s difficult to picture Vanity Fair’s silver-haired editor Graydon Carter raiding in WoW, rocking out with Guitar Hero or working out to Wii Fit–but videogame’s top talents can’t outrank on-their-last-legs performers like Robert De Niro (#59) and Mick Jagger (#61), something’s rotten at [deal-making restaurant] Michael’s.
GP: On the other hand, Sony’s Howard Stringer (#39) and Bono (#36), who owns a piece of Pandemic (Mercenaries 2) are also on the list. True, games may not be their primary focus, but still…
At #2 is Rupert Murdoch who owns the game-hatin’ Fox News.