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Poland say, at least thirteen activists have been deported, unborn Necker. This is Bloomberg BusinessWeek with Carol Messer and Jason Kelly from Bloomberg radio today's the magazines second annual list of what it calls. The Bloomberg fifty. It's out in this week's issue. It's people in business and entertainment, finance, politics and science and technology, and it's about looking at twenty eighteen and their accomplishments that were really noteworthy. And some names are familiar some names, not so much. But all you should definitely know about two. Let's get into this with the editor behind this list, and he is Brett begin. So Brett the Bloomberg fifty and as you reminded us, it's not fifty people. It's actually what it's the people shaping global business. So some of the entries have multiple people in them. And these are the people who are shaping global business as you said really across the spectrum everything from finance to what we call business to politics to entertainment and a lot in science and technology, and these are the people who in twenty eighteen really made the biggest impact, and they're not necessarily always people that you've heard of. And that's kind of what we go for here is there's a lot of lists with a lot of familiar names. But oftentimes, those aren't the people who are actually the doers, and we've done in found that people actually making the changes and right from the top you point that out because you don't just have Jay Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, you have this cohort the feds. Yeah. You call it because this is the brain trust that ultimately is deciding it is a lot of white dudes who are doing this. But there is a woman in the mix. Tell us about why you chose the nucleus rather than just Jay pal that would have been a safe choice. Yeah. It would have been saved choice. We were able to talk to Jay Powell, she's really cool, especially with everything going on right now. But there's more than one person making these decisions. This is a team. There's a brain trust. Here. We were able to sort of look at them holistically because when you think about the fed this year. What you need to think about is rate hikes. Right. These are obviously decisions that are not just made by one person alone in a room. These are things that are discussed, and they have been incredibly successful this year in terms of staying on their target rate. The economy is humming along at a pace unseen in almost fifty years. And we wanted to sort of understand the decision making behind all of their very complex processes and one of the things that they've done together as a group instead of gone out there and tried to be a lot more open explained their decision making and that takes a team. All right. So speaking of not just one person in a room. I don't wanna get too far away from your own process because you get to talk to a lot of rooms across the Bloomberg empire. And I can't even imagine what you're in. Over the past few months as you've been sort of accepting these nominations effectively from all of our colleagues. How does that work? I get a lot of emails thank God for smart sheet. If you've never used smart sheets and my endorsement, we go out, and we survey the twenty seven hundred journalists and analysts across the company, and we asked them, hey, who would you put on this list? We get a lot of responses back. This process starts right around Memorial Day right around when the years about half over. So you're starting to get a sense of who the movers and shakers are. And then honestly, I sit there and we come through all them. I do Joe Weber editor of the magazine there's a team you look at all these entries, and what we look for is one very specific thing. A lot of lists that you see out there are sort of lifetime achievement awards. Well, we look for is a very specific piece of data that says you've earned being on this list in twenty eighteen and so there are a lot of nominations that come in and you can say, oh, yeah. That person's really. Cool or hey in previous years they've had really successful years. But what have they done this year in two thousand eighteen to merit inclusion? So a lot of the job is figuring out. What's the hard piece of data behind a nomination? Well, it's interesting to you. And these are two names certainly people are going to recognize in the entertainment sector. You looked at thinking of thinking of Reese, Witherspoon and Taylor swift. Yes, Taylor SWIFT's. I was actually extremely excited to build to play. Well, you know, you think tellers, and you would think immediately. There's no reason she would be on this list were serious business magazine. You can't patellar swift in this list, and all, but actually when you look at Taylor SWIFT's here should have very interesting year. What Taylor swift did this year, she turned twenty eight and to celebrate our twentieth birthday. She decided to take on scalpers and scalpers is, you know, basically have these bots and these algorithms that Hoover up all of the tickets to these big shows. So if you're just a regular fan, it's very hard to to get a decent ticket for like a decent price because the scalpers then Jack up the prices. So what she said is look if you've seen me before you've come to previous show. I'm an offer you guys special special shot at getting tickets here. And then I'm going to Jack up the prices myself on the others. So this is a little bit controversial. Because people said, well, you know, fans are getting gal one way or another whether the scholars in making the money or your making them Taylor swift. I mean, she's. Done this before she took on Spotify Felix. She's always out there. Protecting the artist. Also protecting the fans, and she's got a strong voice definitely fighting for fancy. I thing I'd say she took her first political stand this year in October. And that led to the most registrations for voting twenty four hour period at anytime anywhere in history in the US. So it's really kind of had a major impact staying with entertainment for one second. Kenya? Barris blackish. I'm a huge fan of that show with it's sort of must see TV in in our household the move that he made though was to net flicks. And I feel like that tells us something about the arts entertainment and the business of arts and entertainment here in twenty as we wrap up twenty eighteen. Yeah. Well, the business if if you're someone like can you barris is definitely to get an offer from net flicks. I would highly. As we think about how net flicks. This calling wanna take that call the deal that he struck is reported at by variety to one hundred million dollar deal. We're he'll be producing shows. And they also went after Ryan Murphy this year and shonda rhimes last year, and they are spending billions and billions and billions of dollars on original content, and the people who they think can bring the best content. So he moved over from ABC, and he's going to be working on a bunch of projects for them developing some family sitcoms that they think are going to push things even further than blackish upending. I feel like the search for content talk to someone about the world of business because I think about how the heck do you whittle it down to a few names when there's just so much going on? There is so much going on. So you have to start thinking about geographic diversity things happening in different sectors. So you start to try to think of everything from okay? The most obvious companies like big oil and big oil's doing something. Interesting. And Ben Ben Burton. Actually, it's sort of an interesting year is dedicating a larger percentage of their budget to renewable and really any of their competitors. Are as a total of what they make and revenue it's infinitesimal. But still if you think about companies like talking about Royal Dutch Shell rolled out shell yet. They're taking a position that. Hey, demand for oil might dip in the future. And we have to be prepared for this. So they actually bought utility in the UK to help them power electric cars, if that's how things go, right? I also loved the idea that this is a list that has Brian Robertson. Comcast as well as the CEO of Patagonia, find those on the on a lot of less up in both are really interesting in their own ways. I mean, rose Mark Horo is the CEO of Patagonia. They're very activist. There really defenders of the environment. They've sued over the decision this year in the national parks. And, you know, her take is look younger consumers expect this of you. If you wanna have millennial loyalty, you can't just sit back when they she said that people go to the stores now just for their activism part in some of the efforts that they're putting forward. So she's really really really fascinating. And it hasn't hurt business. The other thing is that she says they've had their best year a private company, which is they've had their best year ever. Well and going back to what we were talking about with Kenya bears. Brian Roberts is probably one of the most influential in terms of where content, and maybe more importantly content distribution is going to go from here amazing year for him. Yeah. Buying sky. You know, the thing with with Comcast that you have to keep mind is in the US, obviously, they're really dealing with cord cutting and core cutting has become a huge issue. Whereas sky in Europe, it's it's really isn't an issue there. Adding subscribe. Is there? So this was a move to protect themselves against that. Gotta talk politics, right, man. It feels like, you know, from day one January. First politics is certainly front and center. So talk to us about some of the thoughts of the folks that were on that list. Yeah. Lot that was quite a range to it's a huge range in this year is fascinating. This is really a year of upheaval. Not just in politics. Turns out across our list, we see upheaval all over the place. But specifically in politics, you have people like Alexandria, ocasio Cortez and in June. Everybody sort of saw that image of her finding out that she'd won the primary looking pretty Shah. And that really was a bellwether for what would happen. Both just you know in the primaries, and then also obviously in the midterms, but we also think about when we talk about politics. We included Jose Andres, Texas here Jose, Andres, chef Michelin to start Shafi's got thirty one restaurants. You wouldn't think that he'd be included in this? But really since hurricane the hurricane in Puerto Rico and really. Going back to the earthquake in Haiti. Yeah. He's probably now the world's foremost expert on how to feed people in disaster areas so much so that Felix gave him what like eleven million dollars. Yeah. I figure stuff out. Yeah. Basically FEMA said, hey, you you're pretty good at this probably better than we are. So why don't you have some money to figure out how to do this? And this year, he's fed people bold after the the hurricanes and the Carolinas, and he was in California for the wildfires and in Indonesia after earthquakes there, they're really everywhere with his welding group and clearly a lot of activism the political segment of this list as well. What's your favorite? Can you pick among them? Oh god. That's a really good question. I have a lot of favorites. I love that. We had BT BTS on this list. But you've never heard of BTS. They are a k pop band. They're totally on Jason. Pizzas fascinating. They're really the first k Potman to have mainstream success in the west. And a lotta people tribute that not so much to the music, but to what the music talks about. They're really tackling serious topics in genre. That generally pretty bubble. Gum bread begin. Great. Great. Congratulations on the show. Thanks and that wraps up the weekend edition of Bloomberg business week from Bloomberg radio. Thanks so much for joining us. I'm Carol Massar. I'm Jason Kelly. Be sure to tune into Bloomberg BusinessWeek radio with Caroline myself. Live Monday through Friday starting at two PM, Wall Street time. And if you can't catch us live. We'll check out our daily podcast for the ride home at."