After a year of discovering who really runs Australia, The Power Index is finally set to reveal the country's fifty most powerful people.
Throughout July, Paul Barry and The Power Index team will be counting down the most influential people in the nation from business, media, politics, sport and culture.
The Power 50 / 2012
CEO of News Limited
Home Town: Sydney
Kim Williams is the boss of News Ltd, which publishes two-thirds of Australia's metropolitan newspapers and more than 120 suburban or regional titles. We don't need to tell you how powerful it makes him.
But we reckon playing second fiddle to Rupert Murdoch must be a tough gig for the one-time composer, given Rupert’s appointed himself chairman of the board and the fact Williams, a former pay-TV boss, likes doing everything himself.
The Power Index understands from people who have worked closely with Williams that he is a "micromanager" and a "control freak" who insists on delaying even the most trivial decisions and campaigns until he has signed off on them.
He’s also got friends in high places and is a world-class schmoozer. His second wife, Catherine Dovey, (his first was Kathy Lette), is the daughter of Labor god, Gough Whitlam, while Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer are two of his biggest fans.
The opera-loving Williams (who was a very successful chairman of the Sydney Opera House) is as different from his predecessor -- the cheery, beery, blokey John Hartigan -- as you could possibly get.
But he's tough enough to handle News’ monumental challenge -- making readers pay for content online that they once received for free.