The Prada-wearing Devil herself, and the most powerful name in the world of fashion, Wintour has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988.
The famously icy editrix has been clear about her priorities ever since she dropped out of a privileged London girls' school at 16 over an argument about uniform hemlines. The daughter of "Chilly Charlie" Wintour, former editor of the Evening Standard (and credited with bequeathing to "Nuclear Wintour" her cold demeanor and steely ambition), Wintour started her editorial career in 1970 at the British magazine Harper's & Queen. By the mid-70s she'd decamped to New York where she worked at Harper's Bazaar, followed by the Bob Guccione-owned Viva, and a new fashion mag called Savvy before spending three years as fashion editor at New York Magazine. After a brief stint at American Vogue, Wintour returned to London and took over as editor of British Vogue in 1986.
A year later she returned to New York, to head Condé Nast's House & Garden, or as it became widely-known under her tenure, House & Garment. Less than a year later she was named editor of Vogue, where she has remained since. Wintour's reign at Vogue has helped launch the careers of countless designers, including Zac Posen, Tory Burch, and Marc Jacobs.
Though family is not the first word that comes to mind when Wintour is mentioned, she does, in fact, have two children. She was married to David Shaffer, a child psychologist, in 1984; the marriage produced two kids, Charlie and Bee. Their marriage ended when Wintour's affair with Texas telecom exec Shelby Bryan was made public — Wintour and Shelby have been together ever since. [Image via Getty]