What Is Power?
It's taken and given, consolidated and dissolved, admired and vilified, won and lost. But what is power?
We know it's not free or easily attained. And it's always been around — from cave men fighting for survival to the presidential campaign that's pitting two men against each other for the most powerful office in the world.
Power comes through many channels: formally, as given through elected office and legal codes, and informally, as held by the famous and infamous. Then there's money, influence and connections. All of these criteria have helped us rank, for nearly a decade, Richmond's most powerful people.
In the end, we ask: Who has the most access to and control over the community's resources, and how are they acting upon them? We believe the answers allow people to understand their community, make more informed decisions and help hold those people accountable.
And isn't knowledge power, too?
Key to Symbols
+ Movement up in ranking
- Movement down in ranking
= Same rank as 2011
* New to the Power List