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100 Most Influential Hispanics® 2002

October 2002, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine


In a year when government set the national agenda more than at any time in recent decades, it comes as no surprise that government officials dominate this year's list of the Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential HispanicsŪ.

Of the 100, 44 work directly for federal agencies, another 16 work for state governments, and five are political operatives connected to parties or electoral campaigns. The remaining 35 "Influentials" are divided among other agenda-setters such as Corporate America, the entertainment industry, and nonprofit groups.

Sports support a strong contingent on the list, ranging from two young Olympic medalists to retiring golfer Nancy Lopez. Reflecting the growing influence of Hispanics in society, a significant number of the sports figures aren't athletes, such as Montreal Expos general manager Omar Minaya and NBA referee Tommy Nuņez.

As a statistical composite, the typical member of the 100 Influentials is male (74 percent of the list), affluent (88 percent have income of $100,000 or more), and English-dominant (65 percent use English most often at work, 51 percent at home).

Those figures, and others distributed throughout the list on the following pages, come from a special fax survey of the 100 Influentials conducted by Hispanic Business. For the complete results of the survey, visit

Selection of the Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential Hispanics begins with nominations from readers, Web site visitors, contributing editors and writers, magazine staff, and the nominees themselves. To qualify, individuals must be U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin. Because of the increasing number of Hispanics in positions of influence, Hispanic Business attempts to compile a list that recognizes those who have had recent, national impact. Therefore, many prominent Hispanics are not included, even though they may have appeared on previous lists.

Research for the Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential Hispanics was conducted by Research Supervisor J. Tabin Cosio and Research Assistants Cynthia Marquez and Mike Caplinger under the direction of Chief Economist Frank Chow.


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