Guy Oseary: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 18

Guy Oseary

42, Co-founder, Maverick

Last year's rank: 38

"This was the year of ­collaboration," Oseary says of his 2014, which ­encompassed everything from ­taking over the management of U2 from Paul McGuinness, to teaming with nine other high-powered reps to form the Live Nation-backed consortium Maverick (Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj rank among the ­artists ­represented), to ­corralling iTunes, Interscope and longtime client Madonna to rush-release finished songs from her Rebel Heart album in just 48 hours. Even the mixed reception to U2's free-­download release of Songs of Innocence hasn't deterred Oseary from plotting new ways to innovate on the band's upcoming tour. Says Oseary, "My education process with U2 has grown a million times over."

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