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Top 49 Influential Men: Shane Smith 46

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November 06, 2013 AT 1:21 PM
North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong-un, have remained inaccessible to the world -- inaccessible to everyone except for Vice founder Shane Smith, that is. In 2013, Smith masterminded a plan to film his HBO news show in North Korea by using Dennis Rodman and members of the Harlem Globetrotters as bait for the basketball-loving supreme leader. "Basketball Diplomacy" was only one such stunt in the ballsy, transformative series, and it came about in the same year that Rupert Murdoch agreed to invest $70 million in Vice Media, which Ad Age just called "Publishing Company of the Year." Smith has come a long way from his punk days.