John Janick: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 24

John Janick

36, Chairman/CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M

Last year's rank: 19

In May, the young chairman, who not too long ago was running the independent label Fueled by Ramen out of his University of Florida dorm room, succeeded Jimmy Iovine as head of Interscope Geffen A&M. Though its market share contracted, Janick says 2014 was the label group's most profitable year in nearly a decade with sales from Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem and newer artists like Schoolboy Q, Aloe Blacc and Disclosure. "It's important how you balance being creative with running a smart business," Janick says. "We achieved that in 2014."

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