The 100 Most Influential People in Boston

Who really runs this town? These days, influence is found all over.

Edited by David S. Bernstein

Who really runs this town? That’s the question we asked ourselves—and dozens of insiders—when we sat down to put this delightfully subjective list together. We weren’t looking for the richest people in Boston, or even the smartest. Instead, we sought out the businesspeople, tech moguls, politicians, and tastemakers that the rest of us are all watching, the folks who are truly shaping the city. That kind of power—that sticky idea of influence—has always been a hard thing to measure, but these days it’s more decentralized, diversified, and democratized than ever. Flagship institutions such as GE, Harvard, UMass, State Street, and the Boston Foundation have or are welcoming new leadership. The region’s well-established top industries are suddenly joined by casino gaming, fantasy sports, and marijuana. Gone are the days when a small cadre of city elites gathered to decide Boston’s destiny. Influence is sprinkled all over, which means there’s bound to be some spirited debate about who wields the most, or who was left off the list. And that’s perfectly fine with us.

 1 — Linda Pizzuti Henry
Managing Director, The Boston Globe

By Diane Hessan (#50 on the list)

A couple of years ago, I called Linda and said, “Do you have five minutes? I have a really crazy idea.” And her response was: “I’ll give you 15—I love crazy!” A lot of people have ideas, but having the courage to say, “I’m going to drop everything and make this happen,” that’s what makes an entrepreneur. Linda does that.

If you asked her, I think she’d say that her life’s work is to make 21st-century Boston one of the greatest cities in the world. And it’s not just a vision. One part of her brilliance is bringing people together—I would call her a super-convener. She’s always asking, “Who should be working together?” And when those connections result in a crazy idea, she says, “Let’s do it.” (Think HUBweek, or the monthly salons she hosts.)

She has this amazing quality where she doesn’t have that neurotic desire for perfection that holds a lot of people back. She’s willing to put in the time and will ask everybody she can think of for help. And even though she wants to have a great plan, she doesn’t hold off because there’s a chance that it won’t be perfect—it’s always “How do we make things better?” That’s why everybody wants her on their board, as their leader, and in their corner—she is our most extraordinary civic entrepreneur.

Diane Hessan is the chairman of C Space.

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Marty Walsh
Mayor of Boston

He won reelection as mayor with nearly two-thirds of the vote—without bothering to run ads or really dip into his multimillion-dollar campaign war chest. It’s his town now. The only thing Walsh hasn’t proven is that he can get allies elected, but he’s putting his influence to the test this year by stumping for congressional hopefuls such as Dan Koh. This is not the year to bet against Boston’s mayor.

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Charlie Baker

Not only is Charlie Baker the country’s most popular governor, but the fiscal conservative has also been winning battles on Beacon Hill—to the point that raising taxes is barely discussed in this supposedly bluest of states. Assuming the man with the perfect head of hair can continue to stay clear of scandal, he’ll likely remain in charge until he heeds the siren song of national politics.

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Abigail Johnson
Chairman and CEO, Fidelity Investments

Bloomberg says she’s worth $11.2 billion; Forbes says $15.9 billion. Let’s not quibble. Since fully taking the company reins from her legendary father, Ned, in late 2016, Johnson has challenged the stodgy Boston brokerage image by enthusiastically endorsing cryptocurrency. She has also taken a very public lead in combatting sexual harassment. But will the notoriously private heir finally become more involved in local civic life? Insiders expect the answer will be yes.

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John Fish
Chairman and CEO, Suffolk Construction

Okay, so the $60 million expansion of his Roxbury HQ won’t include a helipad; he’s still getting almost everything he wanted. The construction titan is also staying on the cutting edge of technology with the creation of Smart Labs, and he recently lured former state Senator Linda Dorcena Forry away from public office to serve as his vice president for diversity, inclusion, and community relations.

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David Torchiana
President and CEO, Partners HealthCare

When “Torch” took over as CEO of Partners HealthCare three years ago, the company was running an operating loss of $21 million and the state had legally blocked it from expansion. Today, the behemoth is $115 million in the black for its latest quarter and has the state’s go-ahead to acquire Massachusetts Eye and Ear. In other words, Torchiana is the undisputed biggest player in our most important industry.

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Jim Canales
President, Barr Foundation

For years, the Barr Foundation was seen as something of a family plaything for billionaires Amos and Barbara Hostetter. Their 2014 hiring of the nonprofit wizard Canales, though, signaled that they’re looking to cement a legacy. Canales has since become the face of the foundation and is leveraging its vast funds to tackle some of Boston’s most pressing issues, starting with climate change.

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Bob Rivers
Chairman and CEO, Eastern Bank

By Colette Phillips (#74 on the list)

As an advocate for a more-inclusive local business community, I can say that Bob Rivers is my hero, the moral authority of corporate Boston in 2018. He is a disruptor—but he is a constructive disruptor. He’s also a diversity game-changer, an ally to women, people of color, and LGBTQ people. He has the courage to push against the grain, the conviction to stand up for making a difference in people’s lives, and the commitment to go out and ask those who think like him to join him.

Among his many efforts, Bob engages corporate Boston to make a commitment to spend dollars with minority-owned firms. He moved the governing body of Eastern Bank from 92 percent white men to 50 percent people of color and women. When he realized he was going to become chairman and CEO in 2017, he went out and recruited an African-American man, Quincy Miller, to become his successor. That speaks volumes. His chief marketing officer is a person of color. His executive VP for human resources, Nancy Stager, is a woman. The person who runs Eastern Bank insurance, Hope Aldrich, is a woman. Bob recognized that this is the smart thing to do and is positioning the bank to grow. Eastern Bank had record net revenues in 2017, with $11 billion in assets. He has seen the future of Boston, and it is diverse.

Colette Phillips is the president and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications.

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Jim Rooney
President and CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Some rolled their eyes when the chamber picked a white Irish-American man to replace Paul Guzzi in 2015, but Rooney has proven to be anything but a champion of Old Boston. He created the position of director of economic opportunity and recently launched the Pacesetters Initiative, encouraging members to work with more local minority-owned businesses—evidence he’s all about the next generation.

— 10 —

Maura Healey
Attorney General

Nobody in Boston wants to be on the other side of a fight with Healey. She’s taken on corporate behemoths National Grid,, and Equifax. She’s launched a fleet of lawsuits against President Donald Trump. And she’s gone into battle with the state legislature. Every conflict seems to make her stronger.

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Jack Connors
Chairman Emeritus, Hill Holliday

By now you may have noticed that some of the “old guard” powerbrokers have slipped off the list, but Connors remains as involved as ever. Know why Boston is pushing to rebuild the Long Island Bridge? Because Connors is cofounder and chairman of the island’s Camp Harbor View. Why is Children’s Hospital expanding, at the expense of Prouty Garden? Because Connors, chairman emeritus of Partners HealthCare, still has the juice to make it happen.

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Jonathan Kraft
President, the Kraft Group

Not to take anything away from the legendary Bob Kraft, but the true power behind the throne is now his son Jonathan, who’s running the Patriots and spearheading the organization’s efforts to combat opioid addiction and push for juvenile justice reform. Bob still gets plenty of camera time at the Super Bowl, but Jonathan’s cell number is the one you want in your contacts list.

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Jeffrey Leiden
Chairman, President, and CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

By Congressman Joe Kennedy III (#95 on the list)

I got to know Dr. Leiden through the STEM Advisory Council, which he’s cochaired for years under Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. Vertex is renowned for coming up with drugs that provide extraordinary benefits to people with extremely challenging illnesses. But what sets Jeff apart is how he’s decided to bet on the talent of every single child in our community, and believes that if we provide technology and classes, they can lead our next great companies.

Under Jeff, Vertex has worked with organizations such as the Boston Public Schools to provide access to things like internships, mentorships, and apprenticeships. That’s more than saying, Hey, here’s a check. (Though Vertex committed last year to spending $500 million over 10 years on philanthropy.) And he’s persuading leaders around the state to do the same.

Jeff understands that the big picture is about the long-term health and viability of economic progress in Massachusetts. But it’s also about recognizing that it’s awfully hard to maximize your potential if you’re not able to at least get a taste of what’s out there. For kids who haven’t experienced something like a Vertex lab, it’s pretty amazing. And Jeff’s willing to do that.

Joe Kennedy III is the U.S. representative from Massachusetts’ fourth congressional district.

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Robert Popeo
Chairman, Mintz Levin

This year marks Popeo’s 50th anniversary at the ultra-connected law firm, and there isn’t much sign that his influence is waning. He guided House Speaker Robert DeLeo cleanly through the Probation Department patronage scandal, and with the help of Charlie Baker pal and Mintz partner Steve Tocco, Popeo has turned ML Strategies into the state’s most influential lobbying firm.

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John Barros
Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston

He brought GE to Boston; that alone (despite the company’s recent troubles) earns him a spot on this list. Everywhere you look in the city—from the development in Dudley Square to the Seaport—you’ll find Barros’s fingerprints. You’ll also find believers ready to follow his lead. He’s the odds-on favorite to be the next mayor of Boston.

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Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator

Still a first-term senator, Warren has become a national political juggernaut. Speculation about her running for president might be overblown, but don’t count her out for VP or a cabinet position in a Democratic administration starting in 2021. She might not have Ted Kennedy’s ability to move mountains for Massachusetts, but make no mistake: She has real clout.

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Myechia Minter-Jordan
President and CEO, The Dimock Center

By Bob Rivers (#8 on the list)

Myechia has accomplished an impressive amount in a short period of time; she is a rising star who keeps soaring higher. She moved to the Boston area in 2007 when she joined the Dimock Center as chief medical officer. In 2013, thanks to subject-matter expertise and great leadership abilities, she was the natural pick as its next CEO. And I can tell you, as chairman of the foundation’s board, she has far exceeded anything we would have imagined.

The Dimock Center has a long history as one of the most recognized health centers in the city. But Myechia has completely re-built the board in her time there. This spring, we formally unveiled the new Dr. Lucy Sewell Center for acute treatment services, for which she raised more than $60 million in just two years. During her time here, she’s also become one of the leading voices on various medical issues, not the least of which is the opioid crisis.

Myechia’s brilliance and natural charisma have won her many fans, and in a city that really needs more influential people of color in senior roles, she has stepped up in the media, in community activities, and on boards across the city. She has navigated Boston so quickly. As we continue to grow in this new era of healthcare, which requires so many different partnerships with larger organizations across the city, people just gravitate to Myechia—they believe in her work and want to be a part of things that she’s part of.

Bob Rivers is the chairman and CEO of Eastern Bank.

— 18 —

Tom Glynn
CEO, Massport

It’s easy to forget the power of the state’s port authority, but it puts its thumb on the scale with everything from tourism to neighborhood development. The failure to get Glynn on board early helped doom plans for an IndyCar race in South Boston. A politically connected polymath, he quietly gets what he wants, and stops what he doesn’t.

— 19 —

David Fialkow
Cofounder and Managing Director, General Catalyst

Tech companies flock to Fialkow in hopes of impressing the renowned venture capitalist, and he only seems to be getting better at picking winners. He also chairs the Pan-Mass Challenge, serves on the board of the antidiscrimination nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves—and in his spare time produced Icarus, a documentary about Russian Olympic doping that just won an Academy Award.

— 20 —

Ayanna Pressley
At-Large City Councilor

Pressley’s challenge to popular incumbent U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano came as a shock to many, but also confirmed that she’s too big for the city council. The fact that some of the most loyal Democrats in the state—including Elizabeth Warren and Maura Healey—are not reflexively endorsing Capuano speaks volumes. Whether Pressley wins this race or not, she’ll remain a powerhouse with a devoted grassroots following.

— 21 —

Kevin Tabb
President and CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

It appears almost certain that Tabb will soon be head of the second-largest healthcare system in the region. Beth Israel’s pending merger with the Lahey Clinic—which recently received a key approval recommendation from the state—will create a chain of 13 hospitals and other facilities and partnerships with an estimated annual revenue of $5.3 billion. If that doesn’t spell power, we don’t know what does.

— 22 —

Mohamad Ali
President and CEO, Carbonite

Ali, the head of the nation’s fast-growing data-protection company and one of the city’s major influencers, has recently found his political voice: He gave a powerful keynote speech on immigration at the JFK Presidential Library last year, and his advocacy on net neutrality earned him a seat at Donald Trump’s inaugural State of the Union as the guest of Senator Ed Markey.

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Ann Klee
Vice President of Environment, Health, & Safety, General Electric

New GE chairman and CEO John Flannery has yet to make his imprint on Boston, but Klee certainly has. She led the team that chose and designed GE’s new headquarters in South Boston and has taken over the company’s charitable foundation. In a firm that boasts powerhouses such as former U.S. Senator Mo Cowan, Klee is the one making the biggest splash.

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Andrew Dreyfus
President and CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

His company insures nearly half of all Bay Staters, which means it largely determines healthcare costs through reimbursement rates. Politically, almost nothing related to healthcare happens on Beacon Hill without Dreyfus’s input. Heck, he’s even changing the color of Boston’s bike-share rides, with a new sponsorship deal that will rechristen them “Blue Bikes.”

— 25 —

Robert Reynolds
President and CEO, Putnam Investments

In January, Reynolds was named the chairman of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP)—a.k.a. the “New Vault,” in reference to the defunct group of business leaders who once plotted the city’s future from the basement of the Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co. One of the best reasons to think that the state will tackle housing affordability is that Reynolds has put the weight of MACP behind the effort.

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John Moore
Global President, MullenLowe Mediahub

Moore is Boston’s new ad king. His agency “went from underdog to industry heavyweight in 2017,” according to Adweek, with offices around the globe, including a new one in India, and contracts with Netflix, Staples, MTV, and plenty of other household brands.

— 27 —

Robert DeLeo
Speaker, State House of Representatives

Having removed the term-limit rule that restricted speakers to eight years in the role, DeLeo has clearly established himself as the unquestioned leader of the lower chamber. It’s less clear what he wishes to do with that power, but there’s no denying that all lawmaking runs through DeLeo.

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Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

By Jim Canales (#7 on the list)

To me, Vanessa represents the vanguard of leadership that Boston increasingly needs for us to become the kind of vibrant, inclusive city that we aspire to be. First and foremost, for the past 15 years she’s run IBA—a nonprofit that works in the South End on displacement and economic development. But she’s also accepted volunteer leadership roles on boards all over the city that take on significant mandates, which, to me, speaks to her ability to think on a strategic level.

In 2010, she was the first Latina to be appointed to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. She’s also been tapped by the Franklin Square House Foundation and Eastern Bank, where she’s a trustee. And just this January she was elected to the board of the Boston Foundation. At the Barr Foundation Fellowships, we added her to our selection committee, and the reasons are pretty straightforward: She’s really smart, she’s very well-connected across many communities, she’s a talented leader, and she’s fighting to build more diverse, inclusive leadership for this city.

Most important, she’s not afraid to use her platform and her credibility to advance that cause. Look at the Globe op-ed she wrote with Cathy Minehan about the all-male state education leadership. Whether you agreed with her on that or not, it was a strong statement—proof that as we address key challenges in Boston, she’s committed to ensuring we hear from a broad range of voices.

Jim Canales is the president of the Barr Foundation.

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Ralph de la Torre
Chairman and CEO, Steward Health Care System

Under de la Torre’s watch, Steward has expanded to become the largest for-profit hospital provider in the state—and, almost overnight, one of the largest in the country. De la Torre’s local clout may diminish, however, when Steward relocates some of its executive offices to Texas later this year.

— 30 —

Jonathan Abbott
President and CEO, WGBH

It’s hard to remember that just a few years ago, WGBH was mostly known for classical radio and Zoom. Since then, Abbott has reeled in Jim Braude, arguably the most influential media figure around, and built a studio in the Boston Public Library lobby—possibly the best integration of media into the city that Boston has ever seen.

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Michelle Wu
At-Large City Councilor

After two years as council president, Wu received more votes than any other candidate in Boston this past November outside of Marty Walsh. She has strong relationships with the business community and with top elected officials (she was a student of Elizabeth Warren’s at Harvard Law School). Ambitious, smart, and just 33 years old, Wu is positioned to be a force in this town for decades to come.

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Jody Rose
President, New England Venture Capital Association

Rose took the helm at NEVCA three years ago, and already she’s shaken up the city’s old finance circles. And as cofounder of Hack.Diversity, which connects black and Latino STEM students with internships at firms such as Carbonite and DataXu, Rose is helping to create the companies that will employ tomorrow’s workforce.

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Robert Coughlin
President and CEO, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Like a matchmaker for the region’s biotech industry, Coughlin ensures bright ideas move all the way to patient health. As a former state rep and undersecretary for Governor Deval Patrick, Coughlin is also politically wired, not to mention a charity superstar who was awarded the inaugural Governor Paul Cellucci Fatherhood Award last June.

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L. Rafael Reif
President, MIT

Don’t know if you caught this, among the many amazing things MIT does, but in March Reif announced plans for the institute to build a nuclear fusion reactor to solve the world’s energy problems by generating energy bursts capable of powering an entire city. Which is to say: Reif is important in ways most of us literally can’t even comprehend.

— 35 —

Jeff Bussgang
General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

By Mohamad Ali (#22 on the list)

I’ve met a lot of rich and powerful people, and many of them are philanthropic. Very few of them, though, genuinely care about the people around them. I can assure you that Jeff is one of those people.

When I first met him, for instance, we had this quandary with highly educated immigrants coming to our colleges and universities, because when they’re finished school, they can’t start a company in this country. It’s a Catch-22: They have to go work for those who can sponsor them as immigrant workers. So Jeff worked with the governor and the president of the University of Massachusetts to create the Global Entrepreneur in Residence program to help graduates and local companies.

Then there’s the Alliance for Business Leadership. Jeff recognized that while there are a lot of business leaders who feel progressive values are important, we didn’t have an organization that promoted those values. What did Jeff do? He went out and formed one.

He did the same thing with Hack.Diversity, which he started with Jody Rose of the New England Venture Capital Association. Carbonite was also involved. It’s a small program, but it’s scalable and focuses on African-American students, generally community college students, who wouldn’t necessarily have a path to lead them into the tech sector. Five companies each enlisted three to five interns, and then after a six-month period offered them jobs. Those workers are now in their second full year at those companies.

To be quite honest, Jeff didn’t have to do these things. He did them because he wanted to have a better community here and, by extension, in the world.

Mohamad Ali is the president and CEO of Carbonite.  

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Jason Robins
CEO, DraftKings

As DraftKings has grown into a billion-dollar company, Robins seems to have realized the importance of building relationships—and influence—in his headquarter city. He joined the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, started lobbying Governor Baker, and recently committed to occupying 100,000 square feet in the Back Bay and increasing DraftKings’ workforce to some 600 local employees. He’s the head of what’s arguably the most important consumer-tech company in town.

— 37 —

Brian Golden
Director, Boston Planning & Development Agency

Boston’s economic boom, and its effect on neighborhoods throughout the city, is largely in the hands of Golden. This year alone, he has greenlighted several transit-oriented housing plans, a massive new Harvard campus in Allston, and tax breaks to lure Amazon’s second headquarters. His fingerprints are everywhere you look.

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Matthew Teitelbaum
Director, Museum of Fine Arts

Malcolm Rogers is a tough act to follow, but in less than three years, Teitelbaum has established himself as a new leader on the local arts and culture scene. Landing a heavily sought-after Dutch and Flemish collection last fall demonstrated his international clout as the MFA embarks on a three-year strategic plan leading up to its 150th anniversary in 2020.

— 39 —

Jeff Bezos
Chairman and CEO, Amazon

He’s already created thousands of jobs in Boston and is deciding whether to plop a massive second headquarters here, which would occupy 8 million square feet and employ another 50,000 people. He has the top politicians in the state scrambling to roll out the red carpet. And he holds the power to reshape Boston in his hands.

— 40 —

Jeffrey Sánchez
Chair, House Ways and Means Committee

Speaker Robert DeLeo surprised many on Beacon Hill last July when he picked the Jamaica Plain representative to head the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Not that Sánchez was ever a back-bencher: He was close to becoming state Democratic Party chair a few years back. Now he’s one of the most important people on Beacon Hill—and a likely successor to DeLeo.

— 41 —

Sandy Edgerley
Chair, the Boston Foundation

In 2016, Edgerley took over as chair of the extremely influential Boston Foundation, where she and president and CEO Paul Grogan make a formidable pair. A longtime real estate developer in addition to her vast civic and philanthropic work, she also recently made waves by announcing plans to create a millennial social club in the heart of the stuffy old-money Back Bay.

— 42 —

Shirley Leung
Columnist, the Boston Globe

Whether they agree or disagree with Leung, people read her—and what she writes about gets talked about. When she lambasted WEEI’s “notoriously offensive” jock talk, companies canceled their ads on the station. Local organizations know that Leung will call them out if they fail to put women in top positions.

— 43 —

Lee Pelton
President, Emerson College

In his seven years at Emerson, Pelton has expanded the school’s presence in downtown Boston, forged a partnership to reopen the Colonial Theatre, and spoken up on a range of public policy issues. In a time of turnover at the top of many of Boston’s colleges and universities, Pelton has become a veteran leader of the sector.

— 44 —

Travis McCready
President and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

With a billion dollars of public and private money to hand out, McCready is shaping the future of the region’s most vital industry. The real test of his power, however, comes as he tries to persuade the state legislature to pass Governor Baker’s proposed five-year, $500 million extension of life sciences funding.

— 45 —

Niraj Shah
CEO and Cochairman, Wayfair

The cofounder of the $4.7 billion online home-goods retailer joined the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston last year and eked his way onto the Forbes billionaires list. Through his family foundation, Shah is putting some of that wealth to work, funding programs such as the Hub and Spoke Project, which delivers healthy meals to Boston schoolchildren.

— 46 —

Thomas O’Brien
Managing Director, HYM Investment Group

The former head of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, O’Brien is now sheperding major projects all across the city. He’s building much of Boston Landing in Allston–Brighton, among other projects—and if Amazon does build its second headquarters in Boston, there’s a good chance it will be on O’Brien’s land at the former Suffolk Downs.

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Ioannis Miaoulis
President and Director, Museum of Science

He convinced Michael Bloomberg to hand him $50 million—how much more powerful can you be? Viewed as a leader in Boston’s cultural and educational circles, Miaoulis even helped get one of his longtime employees, Yvonne Spicer, elected mayor of Framingham last year.

— 48 —

Pamela Aldsworth
Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management, Silicon Valley Bank

Let’s put it this way: You want Aldsworth on your side. She not only connects Boston-area tech entrepreneurs with money, but also walks them through the process of building a successful company. Aldsworth is heavily active in organizations that encourage tech companies to do more charitable work, as well.

— 49 —

Kate Walsh
President and CEO, Boston Medical Center

She runs a teaching hospital in the middle of the city with $2.8 billion in annual revenue, along with a network of 14 community health centers. She’s also at the table wherever local healthcare policy is being discussed, from City Hall to the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

— 50 —

Diane Hessan
Chairman, C Space

“Diane Hessan is everywhere,” the Globe declared last year, and it sure seems like it. She chairs her game-changing market-research company, C Space, invests in Boston’s most innovative startups, and sits on boards of corporations, universities, and charities. Now immersed in voter-attitude research, Hessan is also leading the charge on increasing women’s seats on local corporate boards and giving women-run businesses a leg up.

— 51 —

Andrea Campbell
City Council President

Three years ago, Campbell took on legendary 16-term councilor Charles Yancey and won. Now she has the gavel as president, elected by the council at a time when new, activist members hope to flex some muscle and make the body more relevant. Political insiders expect her to keep rising.

— 52 —

Adam Fine
Partner, Vicente Sederberg

Known as the lawyer to the Massachusetts marijuana industry, he helped write the ballot question that decriminalized the drug, advised the Senate committee that implemented the new law, and represents many of the dispensaries poised to make a fortune. In other words, the great green rush runs through him.

— 53 —

Jim Davis
Chairman, New Balance

Davis’s decision to build a new corporate headquarters and help fast-track a rail station in Brighton is among the most significant neighborhood-redevelopment projects in memory. And while his substantial financial help couldn’t quite get Mitt Romney elected president, his support of Donald Trump and other Republicans has given him substantial pull in Washington. Forbes currently pegs his fortune at more than $5 billion.

— 54 —

Jocelyn Sargent
Executive Director, the Hyams Foundation

A newcomer to Boston, Sargent is already among the city’s most important philanthropy and racial-justice players. She has refocused the Hyams mission toward devising systemic solutions and put the usually quiet grant-making foundation into the public eye. Case in point: a splashy poll on Bostonians’ attitudes on racial issues released in March.

— 55 —

Herb Chambers
President, the Herb Chambers Companies

In his mid-seventies, the billionaire car dealer is still actively running his mammoth company, which employs more than 2,000 people in Massachusetts. And he plans to keep expanding: A 140,000-square-foot Jaguar/Range Rover dealership, currently awaiting city approval, would transform the look of Comm. Ave. Though he commutes by helicopter between his Connecticut home and the Four Seasons, he remains devoted to local charities, and his trademark tortoiseshell glasses can usually be spotted wherever Boston’s A-listers are gathered.

— 56 —

Marty Meehan
President, University of Massachusetts

“What’s the difference between God and Marty Meehan?” asked state Representative David Nangle at this year’s Lowell St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. “God doesn’t walk around UMass thinking he’s Marty Meehan.” The former congressman might not have as much sway in Boston as he does in his home base of Lowell, but heading the UMass system since 2015 has only increased his already considerable clout.

— 57 —

Marcy Reed
President, National Grid, Massachusetts

She’s responsible for getting most Bay Staters’ lights back on after the latest nor’easter. She’s also leading the state’s move toward clean energy and sits on some of the most influential boards in town, currently chairing the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. Dorchester native Jim Judge, the top exec at Eversource, is on his way toward making this list, but for now, Reed is the real power player in the power sector.

— 58 —

Roger Brown
President, Berklee College of Music

He’s struggling to pull the storied institution through revelations of faculty sexual harassment, but that doesn’t diminish the huge presence and prestige of Brown and Berklee, which have only grown since the 2016 merger with the Boston Conservatory. Beyoncé recently funded a “Formation Scholarship” for the school—what more do you need to know?

— 59 —

Joyce Linehan
Chief of Policy, City of Boston

Mayor Marty Walsh’s administration has repeatedly been rocked by power struggles—and the supposed political naif Linehan has survived and prospered through it all. She’s involved in all of the city’s long-range policy discussions, serves as Walsh’s progressive conscience, and remains the arts and culture community’s go-to person when it needs help.

— 60 —

Brian Lang
President, UNITE HERE Local 26

The rise of former labor boss Marty Walsh has paradoxically diminished the power of many of Boston’s labor leaders. Lang, however, has grown in stature and influence. He led the battle of dining-hall workers against Harvard University, which altered the labor landscape on local campuses. And Governor Baker appointed him to the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board.

— 61 —

Ray Hammond
Pastor, Bethel AME Church

If Yawkey Way maintains its name despite Red Sox ownership’s attempts to change it, you’ll understand the power of Hammond. The Yawkey Foundation is just one of the many local organizations he’s part of; meanwhile, he preaches to many of Boston’s elites on Sundays and has made Bethel AME the nation’s first black church to offer sanctuary against deportation.

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Barbara Lee
President, Barbara Lee Family Foundation

Few people can marshal money and resources for politicians the way Lee does for female candidates. Beneficiaries over the years have included Hillary Clinton and Ayanna Pressley. She’s also a major cultural and philanthropic powerhouse who’s fueled the Institute of Contemporary Art’s emergence as one of the city’s major organizations.

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Kimberly Sherman Stamler
President, Related Beal

You don’t see many women at the top levels of Boston’s development world, but Stamler joined the club when she took over for Robert Beal two years ago. Since then she’s led the innovative residences at the Beverly and restored part of the Harborwalk by remaking Lovejoy Wharf. Oh, and she made the deal to keep the famous Citgo sign shining over Kenmore Square for decades to come.

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David Manfredi
Founding Principal, Elkus Manfredi Architects

“Are you even allowed to build in Boston without Manfredi’s help?” one insider half-jokes. Nobody is doing more to shape the appearance of Boston, from its campuses to its workplaces to pretty much everywhere else you look. The death of his longtime partner, Howard Elkus, last year clearly has not diminished Manfredi’s impact.

— 65 —

Greg Shell
Managing Director, Bain Capital Double Impact

Alongside former Governor Deval Patrick, Shell runs the Double Impact fund that aims to do good with investments. He’s also a founding board member of Compass Working Capital, which gives people financial tools to help them overcome poverty. He’s sought after all over town by leaders in business, life sciences, tech, philanthropy, and finance.

— 66 —

Ernie Boch Jr.
President and CEO, Boch Enterprises

The hard-rocking, Trump-supporting auto mogul now underwrites much of Boston’s arts scene. He has also become something of a roving philanthropic Santa, popping up with money to save Boston University’s student newspaper, purchase watercraft for the Aquinnah Fire Department, and even secretly pay off the layaway bills for families’ toys before Christmas.

— 67 —

Lydia Lowe
Director, Chinatown Community Land Trust

Lowe spent the past 30 years turning the Chinatown Progressive Association into one of the most unlikely political superpowers in the city. She was instrumental in helping city council candidate Lydia Edwards defeat the Marty Walsh machine last November and in bringing a library branch back to Chinatown after 60 years. Now Lowe is returning full time to the neighborhood’s housing issues.

— 68 —

Adam Weiner
Managing Partner, Weiner Ventures

Power may be more spread out and democratized in Boston than in the old days, but let’s not kid ourselves: The top developers are still kings of the city. Weiner is undoubtedly among the handful of elite within that regal stratum, and appears ready to pull off the seemingly impossible 1000 Boylston project over the Massachusetts Turnpike.

— 69 —

Lawrence Bacow
President, Harvard University

The former head of Tufts University doesn’t actually start his new job until July, but he earned a spot on this list the minute he was selected. What he does with the elite perch remains to be seen.

— 70 —

Tom Grilk
CEO, Boston Athletic Association

After years as a well-connected business attorney, Grilk is now fully devoted to the organization in charge of the Boston Marathon—always an important job, but increasingly so since the 2013 bombings.

— 71 —

George Regan
Chairman and President, Regan Communications Group

It’s no accident that many of the people and companies on this list (as well as this magazine) turn to Regan for their public relations needs. Politicians, business leaders, celebrities—they all know he’s the one who can polish their reputations and connect them with all the right people.

— 72 —

Joseph “Jay” Hooley
Chairman and CEO, State Street Corporation

It’s hard to overstate the role that Hooley has played in Boston finance and civic circles—but it’s also hard to guess how that role will change as he sheds the CEO role by year’s end. Watch for his spot on this list to soon be taken by his successor, Ron O’Hanley—best known for placing the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street last year.

— 73 —

Liz Walker
Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church

She still carries celebrity power from her years at the anchor desk on WBZ-TV, and she’s since added moral authority to her résumé with a Harvard Divinity degree and a calling as a minister. When Walker lends her voice to such issues as gun violence, discrimination, healthcare, and poverty, people pay attention—and things change.

— 74 —

Colette Phillips
President and CEO, Colette Phillips Communications

Phillips has become a one-woman LinkedIn for Boston. Her Get Konnected! networking events, lists of influential minorities, and Diversity Game Changers awards are merely the most visible examples of the many ways she promotes diversity in a city badly in need of it.

— 75 —

Pam Reeve
Chair, the Commonwealth Institute

A successful business and technology leader once tapped by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino, Reeve now works to bolster female CEOs and women-led businesses across the state. Her expertise and assistance are among the most sought-after in the region.

— 76 —

Steve Tompkins
Sheriff, Suffolk County

Tompkins has quietly become one of the most popular elected officials in Boston, with a network of alliances around the city and a seemingly untouchable strength at the ballot box. His coveted endorsement could swing the upcoming district attorney election, and possibly the Capuano–Pressley congressional showdown.

— 77 —

Kathy Abbott
President and CEO, Boston Harbor Now

When the Boston Harbor Association and Boston Harbor Island Alliance joined forces two years ago, they created one of the most impressively backed nonprofits in the region—how many others have two former governors (Michael Dukakis and William Weld) on their board of trustees? A former Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner, Abbott was selected to lead the new entity as it tackles transportation, climate change, and waterfront development.

— 78 —

Mark Volpe
Managing Director, Boston Symphony Orchestra

Now 20 years into his leadership of the BSO musical empire, Volpe continues to enhance its status as a local and international gem. Having business and finance superstar Bill Achtmeyer as chairman of the BSO board of trustees for the past few years has clearly helped, as evidenced by the $40 million Tanglewood expansion currently under way.

— 79 —

Will Keyser
President, Keyser Public Strategies

Proximity to power is still power, and nobody’s star has risen as high as that of Keyser, the longtime Democratic strategist who crossed the aisle to forge Charlie Baker’s path to victory in 2014 and will try to do it again this year. “He gets a shit-ton of clients,” one political bigwig says admiringly.

— 80 —

Aixa Beauchamp
President, Beauchamp & Associates

A longtime philanthropy consultant, Beauchamp helped create the Latino Legacy Fund five years ago to advance the socioeconomic status of Boston’s Hispanic residents. Since then, both Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh have recruited her for advisory roles, and her influence continues to grow.

— 81 —

Cardinal Sean O’Malley
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Boston

This is still the most Catholic city in America, and O’Malley’s pronouncements hold considerable sway over public officeholders. They didn’t win the day on marijuana legalization in 2016, but they did help narrowly defeat a proposal to allow physician-assisted suicide four years earlier—and just blocked similar legislation on Beacon Hill once again.

— 82 —

Deborah Jackson
President, Cambridge College

Just try to find a more impressive résumé of civic leadership than Jackson’s: senior VP of Boston Children’s Hospital, VP of the Boston Foundation, CEO of American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and now president of Cambridge College. You’ll also find her on the boards of academic, healthcare, philanthropic, and business institutions all over the city.

— 83 —

Jill Medvedow
Director, Institute of Contemporary Art

Nobody builds new museums in Boston anymore—that is, except Medvedow. She created the Seaport-defining ICA on the waterfront and will soon open a $10 million, 15,000-square-foot satellite space in East Boston. Along the way she has led on arts advocacy, helped to redefine Boston’s stodgy image, and sparked occasional controversy—exactly what an arts leader should do.

— 84 —

Kristen Lepore
Chief of Staff for the Governor of Massachusetts

With wide-ranging policy knowledge, experience in and around state government, and intimate familiarity with the state’s finances, it’s not a surprise that Lepore has become Governor Baker’s most trusted staffer. She gets the big problems—including the MBTA—and has the ability to make change.

— 85 —

Nick Varano
Owner and CEO, the Varano Group

His Strega restaurants are already the city’s best spots to spy a local or national celeb. Now Varano has his sights on Bostonians seeking coffee and a quick bite: He’s opened three Caffé Stregas around town, with a fourth on the way. He even got his meatball cones onto the Fenway Park vendor menu last season.

— 86 —

Katie Rae
CEO and Managing Partner, The Engine

Rae was already the “high-profile ringmaster of Boston’s start-up circus,” as the Boston Globe described her, before MIT grabbed her a year ago to lead its ambitious new accelerator/incubator/investment hybrid. More than 500 entrepreneurs came hat in hand to ask Rae for a piece of her initial $200 million fund.

— 87 —

Paula Johnson
President, Wellesley College

A year after taking over the college, Johnson won last year’s local commencement-speaker wars by landing alumna Hillary Clinton. Johnson was already a leader in healthcare circles, teaching at Harvard Medical School, chairing the Boston Public Health Commission, and getting a million hits for her TED Talk on health disparities.

— 88 —

Rick Lord
President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

In the quarter-century since Lord left a key budget staff position in the State House and joined AIM, it has become arguably the most powerful lobby on Beacon Hill. Having 4,500 member companies helps, but Lord’s relationships and political prowess count for a lot.

— 89 —

Paul English
CEO, Lola

Hoping to shake up business travel with his new booking app, the founder also lends his talents to nonprofits tackling education and homelessness. But we’ll learn the extent of his power as he takes on a challenge that even Tom Menino failed to accomplish: creating a memorial statue for Martin Luther King Jr. in Boston, where the civil-rights icon earned his Ph.D.

— 90 —

Catherine D’Amato
President and CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank

As the leader of one of the country’s most impressive and innovative charitable organizations for the past 23 years, D’Amato is involved in nearly every facet of the city’s business, finance, nonprofit, and political activities. Plus, she has the uncanny ability to get almost anybody else on this list to put on an apron and serve food to the needy.

— 91 —

Betty Francisco
General Counsel, Compass Working Capital

A fitness-industry manager and entrepreneur now working for the Compass antipoverty entity, Francisco also cofounded Latina Circle, an organization that aims to increase the number of Hispanic women in leadership positions.

— 92 —

Gerald Chan
Chairman and CEO, Morningside Group

The billionaire head of his real estate, private equity, and venture capital firm, Chan is the local superpower who’s somehow remained under the radar. Know how Harvard’s public health school is now called the T.H. Chan School of Public Health? That’s thanks to Chan’s $350 million gift to the university. A few years ago, he bought scads of properties in and around Harvard Square; now he’s doing the same in Savin Hill.

— 93 —

C.A. Webb
President, Kendall Square Association

She reportedly came within inches of landing the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce top job three years ago—which really would have shaken up the chamber’s boys’ club image. Her crusade for Beacon Hill to ban non-compete agreements might be nearing reality. And now the venture capitalist has been chosen to navigate the area’s premier tech neighborhood through 21st-century challenges.

— 94 —

Matthew Thompson
Senior Pastor, Jubilee Christian Church

Since taking over one of Boston’s largest congregations several years ago, Thompson has made the church more relevant and connected than ever. He also chairs the Economic Development Committee of the Black Ministerial Alliance. His wife and brothers round out a network of influencers across the city.

— 95 —

Joe Kennedy III

He’s considered a near-lock to become a U.S. senator, he raises money by the wheelbarrow for himself and for others, and he was tapped to give the official Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address. Plus, he’s only 37. And did we mention he’s a Kennedy?

— 96 —

Andrew Graff
CEO, Allen & Gerritsen

His firm has created leading-edge campaigns for the Boston Celtics, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beats by Dr. Dre, and Yuengling beer from its Seaport headquarters. Graff is also well liked and well connected in Boston’s civic and business circles—for instance, he spearheaded the Boston Foundation’s recent rebranding effort.

— 97 —

Diane Paulus
Artistic Director, American Repertory Theater

Paulus brings people into the theater by debuting Broadway-bound fare such as Waitress and the upcoming Jagged Little Pill while still challenging patrons with timely work like The White Card. The question is whether she can keep the A.R.T. and the graduate theater program going at Harvard—she has halted admissions for three years to work on a strategic plan.

— 98 —

Sam Kennedy
President and CEO, Boston Red Sox

Obviously, he holds the happiness and well-being of the entire Sox Nation in his hands; he’s also proving to be an involved civic leader, forming partnerships with the Hispanic community. But does he have the power to change the name of the street outside Fenway Park?

— 99 —

Doug Rubin
Founding Partner, Northwind Strategies

After getting Deval Patrick, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Kennedy III, and Marty Walsh elected, political wizard Rubin retired from the campaign life to concentrate on using his extensive contacts, and equally well-connected team, to build up an impressive roster of public relations clients. Now he’s un-retired and exerting his influence on behalf of Dan Koh’s congressional campaign.

— 100 —

Tom Brady
Quarterback, New England Patriots

Is there anything you wouldn’t do for the GOAT?



Correction: Due to a reporting error, we misnamed the former president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. His name is Paul Guzzi, not Tom Guzzi. We also ran an incorrect photo for our entry about Matthew Thompson, senior pastor of the Jubilee Christian Church. Instead, we ran a photo of his father, Gideon Thompson, the bishop and founding father of the church. We regret the errors.


It’s time to take a trip around the world and delve into all the weird foods our species like to chow down. Unfortunately, the world isn’t only full of those tasty breakfasts we spoilt you with a while back – if only. Consider this a public service and an education to save you from shock when you come across these, the 50 weirdest foods from around the world. 

1. Chicken’s Feet – East Asia, Caribbean, South America and South Africa

Considering how many places it’s eaten, perhaps it’s unfair to deem this weird. Still, it’s made mostly of skin making it a little gelatinous in texture. They’re pretty tasty when flavoured properly, but the bones get on your nerves after a while.

2. Haggis – Scotland

A sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced and mixed with onions, oatmeal, suet and seasoned with salt and spices cooked inside the animal’s stomach. If that doesn’t sound appealing, I just don’t know what will.

3. Tripe – All Over the World

The stomach lining of various animals with a sponge-like honeycomb texture. Looks like some weird kind of sea plant life and has a peculiar and not entirely appetising rubbery texture. Served up with various sauces to add flavour or simply with an accompaniment like onions.

4. Khash – Middle East, East Europe and Turkey

A pretty gruesome little dish made up of stewed cows feet and head. It was once a winter comfort food but is now considered a delicacy. I’m sure it’s fine, so long as you don’t mind that grinning skull staring at you through its cold dead eyes.

5. Tuna Eyeballs – Japan

Weirdest Foods From Around the World

Although it sounds nasty, apparently it’s rather tame, tasting pretty similar to squid or octopus. None of the gunk you’d normally associate with slicing up eyeballs then?

6. Black Pudding (Blood Sausage) – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe

Pretty widely available, really. Still, there are a large number of people who find the idea revolting. And silly people they are as the finished product is tasty. Congealed blood cooked up with various natural flavourings, thickening agents like suet and breadcrumbs and stuffed into a sausage skin – lush!

7. Spam – United States

The famous mystery meat. It’s said that Spam is made from chopped pork shoulder meat, ham and potato starch, but who knows what ends up in there.

8. Hákarl – Iceland

The rotting carcass of a Greenland or basking (Somniosidae) shark. It’s buried underground in a shallow pit and pressed with stones so the poisonous internal fluids that allow it to live in such cold waters can be drained out making the meat safe to eat. After this it’s hung out to dry before being cut into strips and served. With a smell that’s described as ammonia-rich and a strong ‘fishy-flavour’, it was described by Anthony Bourdain as “the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing” he’d tried.

9. Surstromming – Sweden

Baltic Sea herring fermented with just enough salt used to prevent it from rotting. Mainly found tinned in brine these days, when opened it releases such a pungent aroma that it usually needs to be eaten outside. Sounds delightful.

10. Century Egg / 100 Year Old Egg / 1000 Year Old Egg – China

Yeah, OK, it’s neither a century nor a millennium old, but this egg is pretty rotten. After being preserved in a mixture of clay, ash and quicklime for a few months, the yolk turns a dark green or even black and slimy while the white has turns to a dark brown translucent jelly. Apparently it smells of strongly of sulphur and ammonia, but tastes like a hardboiled egg… until you breathe out that is.

11. Stinkheads – Alaska, United States

The fermented head of a king salmon, buried underground in for a few weeks and eaten as a pungent, putty-like mush. Fancy it?

12. Shiokara – Japan

Now this really does sound bad. A dish made of pieces of meat taken from a selection of sea creatures, served in a brown, viscous paste of their own salted and fermented viscera. Oh, I forgot to say, it’s all served raw. You enjoy, I’m going to grab a bucket.

13. Jing Leed (Grasshoppers) – Thailand

Weirdest Foods From Around the World

So, yes, this is a big old grasshopper seasoned with salt, pepper power and chilli and fried in a big wok. Tastes a little like hollow popcorn skin… except a little juice squirts out when you bite into it… nice.

14. Wasp Crackers – Japan

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Yep, you guessed it, it’s a biscuit filled with wasps. Think chocolate chip cookies, only the insects replace the choccy chips. Apparently the digger wasp, which the biscuit contains, has a pretty mean sting. I wish your tongue good luck.

15. Fried Spider – Cambodia

Fried spider is a regional delicacy popular in the Cambodian town of Skuon, prepared by marinating it in MSG, sugar and salt and then frying it in garlic. Apparently it has more meat on it than a grasshopper, but also has brown sludge in the abdomen, which consists of mainly innards, eggs and excrement. Yum.

16. Witchetty Grub – Australia

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Part of the Australian ‘bushmeat’ family, this was another staple of Indigenous Australians in the desert. These can either be eaten raw, when it tastes like almonds, or lightly cooked, where its skin crisps like roast chicken and its insides take on the look and consistency of scrambled egg.

17. Escamol – Mexico

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Also known as ‘insect caviar’, this dish is made of the edible larvae and pupae of ants, harvested from the tequila or mescal plant. Considered something of a delicacy, it is said to have the consistency of cottage cheese and a buttery, nutty taste.

18. Beondegi – South Korea

Mmm, lovely, lovely silkworm. Simply boiled or steamed and lightly seasoned, this is popular snack all over Korea and usually sold from street vendors. Apparently they taste like wood, if you’ve ever tried wood…?

19. Escargots à la Bourguignonne – France

Snails cooked in a sauce of white wine, garlic, butter and parsley served in their shells. Said to have a similar consistency to mussels or clams, though I found them to be pretty rubbery. Perhaps best to try in a decent, reasonably priced restaurant rather than the satay version down a back street in Hong Kong.

20. Sago Delight – Southeast Asia

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Edible sago grubs are said to be creamy tasting when raw or meaty and like bacon when cooked. Generally seasoned and flavoured in the same way as the other Southeast Asian creepy crawly favourite, Jing Leed and served alongside. My friend gaged when she ate one and said it was pregnant – a braver being than me.

21. Stink Bugs – Africa

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Used to flavour stews or eaten on their own, stinkbugs are said to have a crunch to them and taste a little like apple. Prepared by boiling, the bugs release defensive pheromones in a last ditch attempt to survive, and while it hurts the eyes it’s no more successful than the onion’s weak survival attempt.

22. Mopane Worms – Southern Africa

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A big fat, juicy worm that’s said to be full of meat. Although traditionally dried or smoked to preserve, they are usually re-hydrated and cooked with tomato or chilli sauce to flavour. According to an American couple who tried the dish on the Food Network, it tastes like honey barbequed chicken. One to give a go, I’d say.

23. Tequila Worm – Mexico

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Not actually found in tequila but rather it’s cheaper cousin, mescal, it’s said that the legendary hallucinogenic properties of the worm are pretty much non-existent. All a marketing gimmick, you fools.

24. Marmite (or Vegemite) – UK, New Zealand & Australia

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Made from yeast extract, a by-product of brewing beer, Marmite (or Vegemite as it’s known as in Australia) is essentially the slurry from the bottom of the barrel that most breweries just throw away. It’s a sticky brown paste with a concentrated, salty flavour that’s usually spread on toast or eaten with cheese. People are either ‘love it or hate it’… I hate it.

25. Pickled Egg – UK

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Pretty much summed up in the name, this is a hardboiled egg that been left to go cold and stuck in a jar of vinegar. The sour liquid penetrates right to the heart, meaning the powdery yolk in the centre is uncomfortably sour. I’m yet to be sold on these.

26. Bird’s Nest Soup – Southeast Asia

Weirdest Foods Around the World

This Asian delicacy is made from the nest of the swiftlet bird, who instead of collecting twigs for its bed, builds it out of its own gummy saliva, which goes hard when exposed to air. Usually the built high up on cliff faces, harvesting them is a dangerous business and many people die each year. Whether its ‘rubbery taste’ is worth this human sacrifice, I’ve yet to find out.

27. Fugu – Japan

Weirdest Foods Around the World

Made famous by The Simpsons, this little delicacy has the potential to be deadly if prepared incorrectly. As such, only chefs that have been drilled to perfection are allowed to handle the serving of the pufferfish. Still, it’s said to make one mean little sashimi dish.

28. Steak Tartare – France

Weirdest Foods Around the World

Is this weird? I mean, French waiters will still ask foreigners over and over again if they know what they are getting themselves into, but surely this is pretty well known now. It’s made up of good quality raw ground beef, served with onions, capers, raw egg and seasoned with Worcester sauce and other condiments, usually with rye bread or fries on the side. Considering I like my steak served blue this was always the next logical step – and man, is it good.

29. Cherry Blossom Meat – Japan

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Interesting one to bring up after that whole European horsemeat scandal. While I have the same aversion most people do to horsemeat, I also kind of recognise the insincerity. I mean, once horses were our companions and transport. Now they are the playthings of rich people. Perhaps something of a nostalgic attachment? Anyway, cherry blossom meat is raw horse, served either on its own or as part of sushi. It’s said to be low in calories and low in fat, but it’s not something I can see myself trying, despite savouring the raw flesh of cows.

30. Frog Legs – France, Southeast Asia and other

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What’s there to say? Basically the back end and back legs of a frog, grilled, baked, fried or stewed. With the texture of chicken with a very faint taste of fish, it’s one of my favourite kind of meats. Try it with chilli as part of Cantonese cuisine or roasted and served with a garlic and cream sauce – beautiful!

31. Kangaroo – Australia

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Historically the staple meat for indigenous Australians, kangaroo is high in protein and low in fat, making it a pretty healthy choice. It’s gamey in flavour and served in multiple ways, from a simple steak to sausages or burgers. Although some animal groups are against the hunting and harvesting of kangaroos for meat, many ecologists see farming native animals as much better for the fragile Australian rangelands than cattle and say it could massively reduce greenhouse emissions.

32. Crocodile – Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa

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Not only harvested for shoes (one for all you Jimmy Nail fans out there), crocodile meat is considered a delicacy in many places around the world, supposedly tasting like a cross between chicken and crab. Although crocodiles are protected in many parts of the world, crocodile meat is usually farmed, so is sustainable if not particularly kind or natural.

33. Southern Fried Rattlesnake – United States

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A favourite in the Southwestern United States, it’s said to taste a little like frogs legs. Experts advise boiling the meat off the bones before dipping in egg and covering in seasoned salt mix, flour and breadcrumbs. Deep fat fry and munch away.

34. Guinea Pig – South America

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A strange one, because again I see this as kind of wrong. Yet I know over here we use guinea pigs in all sorts of medical tests and experiments, which is far worse. Typically served whole and roasted or in a casserole, guinea pig is said to have a similar flavour to rabbit.

35. Turtle Soup – China, Singapore and United States

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Made using the meat, skin and innards of the soft-shell turtle in East Asia or the snapping turtle in the United States, this is considered something of a Chinese delicacy. However, after seeing turtles slaughtered in the Hong Kong wet markets I vowed I’d never eat this dish. That and the fact Shredder always threatened to turn the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into turtle soup, the bastard.

36. Starfish – China

weirdest foods

Served dry and covered in hard and spiny armour, this isn’t a snack you want to bite into. According to online accounts, you want to break of a leg and peel open the skin to get at the green coloured meat inside. Hopefully it won’t regenerate in your stomach…

37. Rocky Mountain Oysters – United Sates

weirdest foods

Despite the name, these aren’t actually oysters at all. No, they are bull testicles deep in a batter of flour, pepper and salt. Done for breeding purposes rather than specifically for culinary reasons, I guess it’s good they use a part of the animal that would otherwise be wasted. That being said, ow…

38. Balut – Philippines

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A developing duck embryo that’s boiled alive in its shell. As well as sounding incredibly harsh, it looks incredibly unappetising. Still, it’s a common street food and is usually served with beers. Can’t say I have the stomach for it.

39. Dragon in the Flame of Desire – China

The rather elaborate name above can be simplified down to yak’s penis. The Guolizhuang Restaurant in Beijing’s most (in)famous dish, it’s simply a yak’s penis roasted and served in elaborate fashion on a large platter.

40. Shirako – Japan

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Another fancy name for an animal’s reproductive organs, Shirako is essentially a cod’s sperm sac. Apparently soft and creamy to taste you can have it served up steamed or deep fried.

41. Cobra Heart – Vietnam

weirdest foods

So, they slit the struggling poor creature open right in front of you and place its still beating heart into a shot glass of its own blood. You sink it while it still pumps away… enticed?

42. Casu Marzu – Italy

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Also known as ‘maggot cheese’, this traditional Sardinian dish is sheep’s milk cheese famous for containing live insect larvae. Apparently these wiggling little maggots are supposed to enhance the flavour, but are prone to jump when they panic, so watch your eyes. Some people suffocate them or kill the beasties in the fridge before consuming, but others go for the live version. Sometimes they survive the stomach and burrow into your intestines. Nice.

43. Ying-Yang Fish – China

A dish of extreme cruelty, Ying Yang Fish is a fish that has been deep fried and kept alive. A video can be seen of diners prodding at the face and eyes with their chopsticks while they eat to make the fish move, with its mouth and gills opening as it struggles to breathe. Truly horrific stuff.

44. Sannakji – South Korea

Another one that ranks high on the cruelty scale, this dish involves hacking the tentacles off a baby octopus and serving them up to the customer, still wriggling. We can take solace that on occasion the tentacles get revenge and choke the consumer. They have suckers on those things… didn’t you realise?

45. Drunken Shrimp – China

Shrimp served both living and drunk, stunned in a strong liquor called baijiu. Diners usually bite the head off first before consuming the body. A horrible pursuit, not just for the cruelty aspect, but also for the severe risk of paragonimiasis.

46. Shark Fin Soup – China

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Before we get into it – no, no, no and no again! Although considered a delicacy in this part of the world, the cruel and barbaric way in which the fins are harvested means no one should have any business supporting the industry. The fact their fins are hacked from the sharks’ still living bodies before they are thrown back into the sea means it’s definitely not worth it for the dried and congealed strands in some chicken broth.

47. Bushmeat – Africa

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Covering all manner of animals from the African plains, bushmeat includes flesh of wildlife like giraffe, lemurs and even apes. It’s a strange one, considering how close an ape’s DNA is to a human’s, almost on the verge of cannibalism. Not only is bushmeat bad for conservation efforts, it’s also believed to spread Ebola and may be the part of the reason for the current outbreak.

48. Whale – Japan, United States, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Iceland

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Despite being denounced by countless detractors on the grounds of wildlife conservation and animal rights, whale meat is still consumed in a large number of countries. The deaths of these endangered creatures are rarely quick and usually bloody, yet it still goes on all around the world. Luckily they get their own back after death. The meat is said to contain high amounts of mercury and other toxins, which can cause organs to fail and madness. An occupational hazard for hatters in the 19th century, mercury poisoning inspired the Mad Hatter character in the Alice in Wonderland stories.

49. Dog – Korea, China and Vietnam

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Yeah, so call me a bleeding heart westerner and a hypocrite, but this always breaks my heart. As someone who had a dog growing up, who was part of the family and treated as a little four legged sister, it’s tough to see dog carcasses roasted beyond recognition or locked in those tight little cages, waiting for the slaughter. But then I eat all the animals we deem fit for farming over here, so this one is going to turn into a long argument. While not widely consumed in Korea these days, dog meat is big money in Vietnam, leading to a massive increase in the stealing of family pets.

50. Cat – East Asia

Another household pet to be killed and served up on a plate. Like dog, it’s found in parts China and Korea, but unlikely to be found in many mainstream restaurants. Another one I won’t be trying… ever.

Have you tried any of these weird foods and do you have any to add to the list? Let us know in the comments…


Las nalgas aumentan con palmadas


No hay que pasar por el bisturí ni hay que llevar implantes de dudosa calidad. Para aumentar el volumen de las nalgas solo hay que someterse a varias sesiones de palmadas rítmicas según una antigua técnica tailandesa.

El tratamiento ‘moldea’ y vigoriza las carnes flácidas o mal distribuidas a punta de manotazos, según la clínica Tobnom, de Bangkok, donde las palmadas se aplican además al ritmo de canciones de Lady Gaga o Beyoncé.

“Es una tradición familiar. La técnica la aprendí de mi abuela y ella de mi bisabuela”, explicó a los medios locales Khemmikka Na Songkhla, directora de la Clínica.


Khemmikka garantiza que las nalgas aumentan dependiendo de la fisonomía del paciente. El tratamiento, que requiere un mínimo de cuatro sesiones, combina pellizcos, masajes, manotazos y bofetadas, estas últimas cuando se quiere corregir alguna imperfección facial.

Los resultados, asegura la encargada, duran entre uno y tres años y no tienen ninguna contraindicación, salvo el dolor de los golpes después del tratamiento.

“Duele pero vale la pena”, señaló una paciente mientras explicaba que el lado izquierdo de su rostro luce tenso y vigoroso después de cuatro sesiones de bofetadas. “Todavía me falta el lado derecho”, agregó.

En 2003 le concedieron una licencia a Tobnom para que funcionara como centro de medicina tradicional.



Aunque Khemmikka Na Songkhla rechaza las cirugías plásticas e implantes por sus métodos ‘invasivos’ y sus altos precios, las palmadas no se quedan atrás.

“El valor aumenta en las partes que necesitan más esfuerzo”, explica Khemmikka, quien asegura que en 25 años ha golpeado a unas 10.000 personas.

Ella atribuye parte del éxito a su devoción por Chuchok, un anciano canoso de barriga pronunciada, que recompensa a sus fieles con riqueza.

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Mujeres con traseros grandes, más inteligentes y más sanas

Tal afirmación se basa en evidencias científicas y viene avalada por la prestigiosa Universidad de Oxford. Existe una relación directa entre el tamaño del trasero, la salud y la inteligencia.


Tal afirmación se basa en evidencias científicas y viene avalada por la prestigiosa Universidad de Oxford. Según un grupo de científicos de dicha institución liderado por el profesor Konstantinos Manolopoulos, existe una relación directa entre el tamaño del trasero, la salud y la inteligencia.

En el estudio, del que ha hecho eco la BBC, se analizaron los datos de más de 16.000 mujeres y se constató que la proporción ideal entre cadera y cintura es de 0,6 y 0,7.

Además, los científicos concluyen que las mujeres con nalgas grandes y cinturas pequeñas son más inteligentes que las demás. Tener un culo voluminoso ayuda a disfrutar de una buena salud, ya que, entre otras cosas previene el desarrollo de la diabetes y ayuda a mantener bajos los niveles de colesterol.

Los ácidos grasos Omega 3 se acumulan en las nalgas y estos ácidos intervienen en el desarrollo y el buen funcionamiento del cerebro.

Aunque suene a broma, todo tiene su explicación: los ácidos grasos Omega 3 se acumulan en las nalgas y estos ácidos intervienen en el desarrollo y el buen funcionamiento del cerebro.

En el estudio también hay lugar para conclusiones más asombrosas, como, por ejemplo, que los hijos nacidos de madres con caderas más anchas son intelectualmente superiores a los hijos de madres de caderas estrechas.

Visto el resultado del estudio, ya hay quien justifica la preferencia masculina por los culos voluminosos diciendo que obedece a un instinto primario para asegurarse la evolución de la especie, y no tanto a un deseo puramente libidinoso.

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Updated 5th June 2019

By: A. Santiago

Human nature by default has been programmed to be socially active to a certain extent. Some people are more active, while others are less so!

However, people have always been looking for ways to connect and network with each other. And, in this age of digitisation, people have found ways to be socially active on the internet, which is possible with the advent of the numerous social networking platforms and apps.

Now, even relationships begin, grow and end on social media. People no longer need a personal handshake or face-to-face meeting.

Social media sites have also grown in numbers by leaps and bounds. As per the statistics revealed on Statista, approximately 2 billion users used social networking sites and apps in 2015. And, with the increased use of mobile devices, this number is likely to cross the 2.6 billion mark by 2018.

So, in this article, we discuss some of the most popular social media sites that are being explored by the world today. You can find out if your favourite social media platform is a part of this list and even learn about some really good online social platforms that you can start using today.

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Learn More About These Popular Social Media Sites

1 – Facebook


This is easily the largest social networking site in the world and one of the most widely used. And, Facebook was perhaps the first that surpassed the landmark of 1 billion user accounts.

Apart from the ability to network with friends and relatives, you can also access different Facebook apps to sell online and you can even market or promote your business, brand and products by using paid Facebook ads.

Recently Facebook has lost the trust of millions of its users by allowing 3rd parties to access over 87 million users’ personal data. This is a massive breech of trust and has created a feeling of unrest amongst the social media platform’s audience. So much so that there is now a #deletefacebook campaign where people are completely removing themselves from Facebook and using other networks instead. If you’re concerned about what Facebook is doing with your data, then why not check out my guide on alternatives to Facebook, and see if there’s a better place for you to interact with family and friends.

Number of active users per month: 1.59 billion approximately

2 – WhatsApp


Despite having been acquired by Facebook in 2014, this instant messaging platform exists as an independent entity.

It arrived on the scene much later than Facebook, but has been able to capture the imagination of millions of people across the world by giving them the ability to communicate and share instantly with individuals and groups. The WhatsApp call feature is just the icing on the cake!

Number of active users per month: 1 billion approximately

3- QQ


Tencent QQ (more popularly known as QQ) is an instant messaging (chat-based) social media platform. It became international (with more than 80 countries using it), after it was launched in China.

It can be used to stay in touch with friends through texts, video calls and voice chats. It even has a built-in translator to translate your chats. To find out more, head over to our Chinese Social Media stats page.

Number of active users per month: 853 million approximately

4 – WeChat


This is an all-in-one communications app for messaging and calling (similar to WhatsApp) that enables you to connect with the people of your choice. It was also developed by Tencent in China and can easily work alongside QQ. As per the BI intelligence report, the number of WeChat users are fast catching up with the number of WhatsApp users.

Related article: WeChat keyboard shortcuts

Number of active users per month: 697 million approximately

5 – QZone


Like QQ and WeChat, QZone is yet another social networking service developed by Tencent. It enables you to share photos, watch videos, listen to songs, write blogs, maintain diaries and so on. It also empowers you to choose the accessories and customize the look and feel of your QZone webpages.

Number of active users per month: 640 million approximately

6 – Tumblr


Having been owned by Yahoo since 2013, Tumblr serves as a social media cum micro blogging platform that can be used to find and follow things that you like. You can also use it to post anything, including multimedia, to a short-form blog. Moreover, it gives you the flexibility to customize almost everything.

Number of active users per month: 555 million approximately

7 – Instagram


Instagram was launched as a unique social networking platform that was completely based on sharing photos and videos. This photo sharing social networking app thus enables you to capture the best moments of your life, with your phone’s camera or any other camera, and convert them into works of art.

This is possible because Instagram allows you to apply multiple filters to your photos and you can easily post them to other popular social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. It is now part of the Facebook empire. Learn how to grow your Instagram audience.

Read more on Instagram Tools to help you increase social engagement and audience numbers.

Number of active users per month: 400 million approximately

8 – Twitter


This social networking site enables you to post short text messages (called tweets), containing a limited number of characters (up to 280), to convey your message to the world. With the growing craze for online shopping, Twitter also makes it possible to promote your businesses and even shop directly through tweets. Learn how to create the perfect Twitter profile.

Number of active users per month: 320 million approximately

9 – Google+ ( No Longer Available )


Owned by the tech giant Alphabet (Google), this interest-based social networking platform enables you to stay in touch with people by sharing messages, photos, videos, useful links to sites and so on. It also extends support for video conferencing through Hangouts and allows businesses to promote their brands and products through Google+ business pages.

Number of active users: 300 million approximately

10 – Baidu Tieba


Offered by Baidu of China, a search engine company, Baidu Tieba (known as Postbar internationally) is a social forum network based on the keyword searches in the Baidu search engine. This discussion forum works on the unique concept of allowing you to create a social network group for a specific topic, using the search, or even to join an existing online social group.

Number of active users per month: 300 million approximately

11 – Skype


Skype, owned by Microsoft, is one of the most popular communication-based social networking platforms. It allows you to connect with people through voice calls, video calls (using a webcam) and text messaging. You can even conduct group conference calls. And, the best part is that Skype-to-Skype calls are free and can be used to communicate with anyone, located in any part of the world, over the internet.

Number of active users per month: 300 million approximately

12 – Viber


This multi-lingual social platform, which is available in more than 30 languages, is known for its instant text messaging and voice messaging capabilities. You can also share photos and videos and audio messages, using Viber. It offers you the ability to call non-Viber users through a feature named Viber Out.

Number of active users per month: 249 million approximately

13 – Sina Weibo


This is a highly popular microblogging social platform in China that is known for its hybrid mix of Twitter’s and Facebook’s features.

Number of active users per month: 222 million approximately

14 – LINE


LINE is a globally available messaging social network that enables you to share photos, videos, text messages and even audio messages or files. In addition, it allows you to make voice and video calls at any time of the day.

Number of active users per month: 215 million approximately

15 – Snapchat


This is an image messaging social platform that enables you to chat with friends by using pictures. It allows you to explore news and even check out live stories that are happening around the world.

Number of active users per month: 200 million approximately

16 – YY


YY is a major video-based social networking platform in China that enables group video chats. In such chats, more than 100,000 members can watch a single person doing an activity. Such an activity can be anything from giving a tutorial video to singing karaoke, which helps the users earn virtual currency that they can later convert into cash.

Number of active users per month: 122 million approximately

17 – VKontakte (VK) logo

VK is one of the largest social networking platforms in Russia and has quite similar features to Facebook.

Number of active users per month: 100 million approximately

18 – Pinterest


This is a photo sharing and visual bookmarking social media site or app that enables you to find new ideas for your projects and save them. So, you can do DIY tasks or home improvement projects, plan your travel agenda and so on by using Pinterest.

Number of active users per month: 100 million approximately

19- LinkedIn


LinkedIn is easily one of the most popular professional social networking sites or apps and is available in over 20 languages. It is used across the globe by all types of professionals and serves as an ideal platform to connect with different businesses, locate and hire ideal candidates, and more. It boasts over 400 million members.

Number of active users per month: 100 million approximately

20 – Telegram


This instant messaging network is similar to WhatsApp and is available across platforms in more than eight languages. However, Telegram has always focused more on the privacy and security of the messages you send over the internet by using its platform. So, it empowers you to send messages that are encrypted and self-destructive. This encryption feature has only just been made available for WhatsApp, whereas Telegram has always provided it.

Number of active users per month: 100 million approximately

21 – Reddit

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This social media platform enables you to submit content and later vote for the content. The voting determines whether the content moves up or down, which is ultimately organized based on the areas of interest (known as subreddits).

Number of active users per month: 100 million approximately

22 – Taringa


Taringa is one of the largest social networking platform in Latin America and allows users to share their experiences, content and more.

Number of active users: 75 million approximately

23 – Foursquare

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This is a local search- and discovery-based social media platform that enables you to find the ideal places (based on your location) to go to with friends and loved ones. It also gives appropriate search results for the best food outlets, night entertainment places and more in your area. The social networking feature is now available in a separate app named Swarm.

Number of active users: 40 million approximately

24 – Renren


This is the largest social networking site in China and is literally a platform for everyone. It has been highly popular with the youth due to its similarity to Facebook, as it allows users to easily connect with others, quickly share thoughts and posts, and even update their moods.

Number of active users per month: More than 30 million approximately

25 – Tagged

This is a great social media site based on friendship and dating and, in 2011, it acquired another social networking platform called hi5. It enables you to socialise with others through games, browsing profiles, common interests and so on.

Number of active users: 25 million approximately

26 – Badoo 


This dating-based social networking site operates in more than 200 countries. It shares details about people nearby in your area and even about people whom you may have bumped into in real life.

Number of active users per month: 20 million approximately

27 – Myspace

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This is a music-focused social networking site and provides an interactive and user-submitted network of friends. It also provides blogs, groups, personal profiles, pictures, videos and so on.

Number of active users: 20 million approximately

28 – StumbleUpon

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StumbleUpon is an intelligent social networking platform that finds or discovers content and recommends the same to its users. You are thus empowered to discover webpages, images, videos and so on and then rate them as per your interest and taste.

Number of active users: 25 million approximately

29 – The Dots

the_dots_header_logo is a networking platform that helps everyone involved in the creative process connect, collaborate and commercialise helping build a stronger, more profitable and diverse creative sector. Born out of a genuine passion to make the creative industries more open and meritocratic, founder Pip Jamieson launched the platform in the UK in 2014.

30 – Kiwibox


This is a community-based social networking site, especially for those who live in New York. It offers an online magazine to target teens through fashion tips, advice and chat. It also allows young adults to let everyone know about their skills and interests.

31 – Skyrock


Skyrock is a French social networking site that offers its users a free and personal web space to create and post blogs, add profiles and exchange messages. Apart from French and English, it is also available in five other languages.

32 – Delicious

It is known for being the leading social bookmarking service. Having been launched in 2003, Delicious is ideal for storing, sharing and discovering web bookmarks. It also allows its users to tag them with any keywords.

33 – Snapfish


Snapfish is a web-based photo sharing social networking site that offers unlimited storage to its members for uploading photos. You can thus put away your storage space concerns for your vast collection of images.

34 – ReverbNation


This is the ideal social networking platform for musicians and professionals to connect with others in the music industry. It offers different tools to musicians to manage their careers and offers them the right access to their music industry partners and fans.

35 – Flixster

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This is an American social networking site for people who love movies and want to connect with like-minded people by sharing their movie reviews and ratings. Its users are likely to learn about movies and get information about new movies.

36 – Care2


This social media site helps activists connect around the globe with similar individuals, businesses and organisations that are making an impact on society. It also encourages people to lead a healthy and green lifestyle.

37 – CafeMom

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This ad-supported social networking website is a community for mothers and mothers-to-be that enables them to get support and advice on various topics, such as pregnancy, fashion, health and food. It also helps them learn from the experiences of other mothers.

38 – Ravelry


Ravelry is a community-based social network that is targeted at people who are interested in fibre arts, such as spinning, knitting, weaving and crocheting. Such people can share their own collections, different ideas and learn from the experiences of other members for better collaboration possibilities.

39 – Nextdoor


This is a private social networking platform for neighbourhoods in the US. The objective is pretty simple: allowing users to get connected with the people in their area.

40 – Wayn


Wayn is a travel- and lifestyle-based social networking platform and offers its users the ability to discover where to go, what to do and how to meet like-minded people to share their experiences.

41 – Cellufun


This social gaming community can easily be accessed on the move from any mobile device. With this mobile gaming-based social network, users can socialise, create avatars, play games and purchase virtual goods.

42 – YouTube


YouTube is the world’s largest video-sharing social networking site that enables users to upload and share videos, view them, comment on them and like them. This social network is accessible across the globe and even enables users to create a YouTube channel where they can upload all their personally recorded videos to showcase to their friends and followers.

43 – Vine


This is an entertainment-based, short-form video sharing social media site where members can easily share videos that are six seconds long. It belongs to the Twitter family and allows easy integration with other social networking platforms to share and watch videos.

44 – Classmates


Classmates allows users to find, connect and keep in touch with friends and acquaintances from school and college. It is also possible for users to upload their yearbook from their school years.

45 – MyHeritage


This is an online genealogy social platform which supports more than 42 languages and empowers its users to create family trees, upload and browse through family photos and manage their own family history. It could also be used by people to find their ancestors and get more information about them.

46 – Viadeo


Viadeo is an online business-based social networking site that helps business people, mostly those in Europe, connect with one another. It is available in about different languages.

47 – Xing


This professional social networking site offers features that are similar to LinkedIn’s features, with its main users based in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. However, it is unique in the sense that it enables closed group discussions between the members of a certain company or business.

48 – Xanga


This blogging-based social networking platform hosts weblogs, photo blogs and social networking profiles for its users.

49 – LiveJournal


This San Francisco-based social networking site is available in Russia, as Zhivoy Zhurnal or Zhe Zhe. It enables users to maintain a diary, blog or journal, along with privacy controls.

50 – Friendster

Friendster was previously a social networking site to find friends and stay in touch, but is now a social gaming network for game lovers in Asia.

51 – Funny or Die


This comedy video social website is aimed at bringing together the funniest videos from the web. Celebrities follow this social platform a lot and it enables users to share, upload and rate videos.

52 – Gaia Online


Gaia Online is an anime-themed social networking and forums-based website. It gives users access to avatars, virtual world, games and so on.

53 – We Heart It


This photo-sharing social media site, which is available in more than 20 languages, is ideal for users’ daily dose of inspiration or motivation. It enables users to view and share highly inspirational images with their friends.

54 – Buzznet


This social media site allows users to share content on the basis of their personal interests in the form of videos, photos and journals. It also seamlessly integrates with Facebook.

55 – DeviantArt


DeviantArt is regarded as the largest online social networking community for art lovers and artists. It enables users to take photos of their artwork and share them with others.

56 – Flickr


This is another highly popular photo-sharing website. It serves as a platform to upload numerous high quality images, especially by photographers or people who love photography. It is also an efficient online photo management and sharing service.

57 – MeetMe


Formerly known as myYearbook, MeetMe is aimed at users who want to find new friends and chat with them. This makes it highly popular among teens and young students.

58 – Meetup

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This social networking portal enables you to find groups of like-minded people, who have similar interest to you, near your locality (anywhere in the world). It also facilitates offline group meetings and you can become a part of such groups and their discussions.

59 – Tout


Tout is a social networking cum micro-blogging platform that allows you to view and share videos that are 15 seconds long. The videos that are shared on this platform are known as touts.

60 – Mixi


This is a popular Japanese social networking service that has around 20 million active users. It enables you to connect with your friends and loved ones in a convenient way and even based on your areas of interest.

61 – Douban


This Chinese social networking site has something for registered as well as unregistered users. It enables registered users to record information and create content based on music, films, books and events in the cities of China. Unregistered users of Douban can find reviews and ratings of books, music and movies.

62 – Vero

Vero says that its “a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.” 

Vero is a subscription based social network which has no ads and does not collect any personal user data. It’s a great alternative to Facebook as has some really lovely features. It’s a totally different model to Facebook in the sense that Facebook needs user data in order to make money from them.

Vero does collect some usage data which is used to see how often the app is used. Another great thing about the usage data they collect is how its displayed to you.  Vero want to address the issue of social media addiction.

63 – Quora

Quora is a place where people can share and gain knowledge by asking and answering questions.

64 – Spreely

Spreely is a social media platform that is free from censorship and free from shadow bans. The name “Spreely” is made up from Speak & Freely, and promotes freedom of speech for all its users.

65 – Discord

Discord is one of the most popular platforms right now with over 250 million users, and is growing with at least a million every week. It’s designed for gamers to voice and text chat. It’s 100% free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. A great free alternative to the premium services such as TeamSpeak.

66 – TikTok

TikTok is insanely popular with the kids these days. If you’re under 16 then this is the place to be.

TikTok is a social video app that allows its users to share short videos. There’s plenty of stickers, filters and augmented reality features to add to your videos. It was the 4th most downloaded app in 2018 and looks like it’ll top that list in 2019.

TikTok is know in China as Douyin, which means “Vibrating Sound”. Available on iOS and Android, TikTok is popular for creating short music videos of between 3 and 15 seconds. You can also create short looping videos of between 3 and 60 seconds.

I hope that the above list of social networking portals, which are suitable for different categories like gaming, making friends, dating, photo sharing and blogging, proves valuable to you.



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