A Powerful Connection: Tatiana and Campion Platt
by pip cummings
Tatiana and Campion Platt understand the Fame Game of the Hamptons.
Tatiana and Campion Platt seem almost too good to be true. She is the statuesque, wildly successful Internet entrepreneur of Fame Game, fluent in six languages, and a doting mother, while he—a former model—is an award-winning architect, interior designer, and author. Both are refreshingly direct, gracious, serious, and romantic, yet fun. And this summer they are active in two notable charities on the East End—The Watermill Center and Best Buddies. You could be tempted to call them a “power couple,” but Tatiana is cautious about that term. “I love connecting people, and, to me, that is really what the term ‘power’ is about; that’s how I think of us,” she says.
As the CEO and cofounder of famegame.com, Tatiana knows all about the power of networking. Her site currently tracks the “cultural footprint” of more than 200,000 prominent New Yorkers, playfully rating whether their profiles are on the rise or not and usefully monitoring who their primary connections are—socially and professionally. “It’s always bad when your wife or husband is not the one who’s your number-one friend [on the site],” observes Campion, wryly.
Even the couple’s three children, Fox, 3, Xenia, 2, and Rivoli, 1, have their own Fame Game profiles by association with their parents.
Tatiana, a former AOL executive, began the site after moving from Washington, DC, to New York and wanting to “create a networking resource for people who wanted to know more about who prominent New Yorkers were.” Campion, whose award-winning design work can be seen at luxury properties such as the Mercer hotel and Chateau Marmont, as well as inside the residences of prominent Hamptonites like Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst McInerney, and celebrities such as Al Pacino and Conan O’Brien, notes that during a recent book tour for Made to Order (a survey of his customized interiors over the past two decades), it was the “face time” he enjoyed most. “That’s still the connective tissue, still how politics are done in DC, and how real friendships are formed,” he says.
The Platts keep homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, but on summer weekends they can be found in their simple midcentury bungalow in Water Mill, a location they chose for its access to the water and ease of travel from the city. The Hamptons is also where two of their favorite annual philanthropic events take place: The Watermill Center’s Summer Benefit and the Hamptons gala for Anthony Kennedy Shriver’s developmental and intellectual disabilities charity Best Buddies, cochaired by the Platts with the McInerneys and Shriver and his wife, Alina. (Tatiana sits on the board of directors for both organizations.) “What I really like…is the ability to involve our children,” says Tatiana. “The Kennedy tradition is to involve the entire family in philanthropy, community, and volunteer service. [Anthony] has five children now, and from the day they were born, they’ve been there, hands-on. I want my children to be involved in giving back to the community as second nature.”
photography by zev starr-tambor