Elton John AIDS Foundation patron, the broadcaster Sir David Frost and his wife Lady Carina were voted the best connected people in Britain, according to a survey in the June 2001 edition of society journal Harpers and Queen.
They came out on top thanks to their annual garden parties, which attract royals and the cream of the country's sporting, political and showbusiness circles.
Also making the top 25 was Trudie Styler, the film producer and wife of pop star Sting. She came nineth.
Trudie can take credit for introducing Madonna to her new husband Guy Ritchie and counts Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama among her friends.
Elton John's 38-year-old partner David Furnish was also one to know, according to the list, coming in at 10th place. There was no mention of Elton, however.
In 25th place, bottom of the short list, was Bettina Von Hase (former Reuters correspondent and television producer).