Mills' soft-spoken nature belies his influence. His Beggars Banquet label -- one of the first U.K. punk imprints, launched in 1977 from his London record store of the same name -- has evolved into the biggest independent label group through astute, well-timed partnerships with 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade and XL. (Its status is owed in no small part to XL's biggest-selling artist, Adele.) In 2014 the group landed 22 albums on the Billboard 200 and had international breakthroughs with FKA Twigs and Future Islands. The coming year will include releases from Grimes, Purity Ring and Sampha.
VACATION SPOTS: "Africa, particularly Botswana, and my house in Antibes in the south of France."