Dennis Arfa: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 48

Dennis Arfa

65, CEO, Artist Group International

Last year's rank: 65

Boutique booking agency AGI, founded by Arfa in 1986, received a big boost in 2014 with flagship client Billy Joel's landmark franchise deal at New York's Madison Square Garden, which moved 223,921 tickets for a total take of $24 million. Arfa also added iconic venues Wrigley Field in Chicago and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to Joel's route in 2014, pulling in more than $50 million, according to Boxscore. Plus, last fall, ICM agent Marsha Vlasic became AGI's president, bringing with her major clients including Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Muse and The Strokes.

EXPERIENCE THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE IN THE INDUSTRY: "I was a kid playing 45s in my bedroom when I read Billboard for the first time and found out that this game was actually real. I was just drawn to it."