MC, “American Idol”; Chairman, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Seacrest Global Group
Last year brought a great personal loss to Ryan Seacrest with the death in April 2012 of his mentor and colleague, Dick Clark. “Besides his work ethic and his tremendous focus on details, Dick told me early on that it was important to participate in the business, not just be in front of the camera,” says Seacrest, 38. That seems to be working. That same month he expanded his deal with NBC to provide Olympics coverage from London and join “Today” as a special correspondent. This year Seacrest also re-upped with Fox to continue hosting “American Idol” and with Clear Channel for his nationally syndicated radio show. Seacrest the entrepreneur, meanwhile, partnered with Mark Cuban, AEG and Creative Artists Agency to launch AXS TV, a cable channel devoted to entertainment and pop culture, and expanded his TV production company. “American Idol” was “a game-changer for me,” Seacrest says, but radio continues to fuel much of what he does. “It provides such an anchor to many of my other roles, given the audience, as well as the access to the tremendous talent that are involved in our daily and weekly shows,” he says.