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Laurene Powell Jobs is using her fortune to make a difference in policy, philanthropy and media

Powell Jobs is No. 24 on the Recode 100.

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Laurene Powell Jobs is one of the world’s richest people, and for the last few years she has been a quiet but influential force in U.S. policy. Now she is raising her profile: In 2017, her investment and philanthropy vehicle Emerson Collective made splashy purchases in media — a majority stake in the Atlantic magazine — and sports — a minority stake in the group that owns the Washington Wizards and Capitals.

Jobs also became one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent opponents of the Trump administration’s restrictive immigration policies, including speaking out at public events, lobbying politicians on both sides of the aisles and funding multi-platform media campaigns, this year aimed at the at-risk Dreamers.

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