Len Blavatnik: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 11

Len Blavatnik

57, Owner/vice chairman, Warner Music Group

Last year's rank: 8

Since Blavatnik came into the music industry in a big way, acquiring Warner Music Group in 2011 for $3.3 billion, he continues to open up his wallet: He spent another $700 million buying the Parlophone label, invested in streaming services Deezer and Spotify, and, in November, bought the China-based entertainment company and label Gold Typhoon. "Blavatnik understands more about the business than he lets on," says one of his competitors. "I would never underestimate how deep his knowledge of his music company is. Besides, very smart people work for him."