Anschutz Entertainment Group
The Man With The Plan...
Tim Leiweke is the man whom enigmatic billionaire Phillip Anschutz trusted to build a sports and entertainment empire, and Leiweke has delivered in spades. In 15 years, Leiweke created a synergistic master plan that conceives, develops, produces, promotes, markets, stages and manages live-event programming around the world in buildings both within and outside the AEG portfolio. AEG owns and operates more than 100 facilities worldwide, from clubs to stadiums, including such state-of-the-art arenas as Los Angeles' Staples Center and the busiest building in the world, the O2 in London. AEG's concert promotion arm, AEG Live, reported $800 million from more than 2,000 shows in 2011. The festival division produces such events as Coachella, Stagecoach and New Orleans' Jazzfest, and recent AEG tours include Bon Jovi, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift (see No. 78) and Enrique Iglesias. Leiweke's next focus is ramping up the axs ticketing platform (with Outbox and Cirque) and a move into music TV. "Without Tim's vision and Phil Anschutz's immense financial resources, the worldwide live entertainment industry would have principally been the domain of one company," says AEG Live chief Randy Phillips (No. 15). "Tim Leiweke dreams big, thinks positively and executes on those big ideas."
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