TIM WESTERGREN, 50
Last Year's Rank: 40
While listener growth stalled with Apple Music's late-June arrival, Pandora had "a watershed year," says Westergren. It paid $467 million in royalties through the third quarter, and signed direct deals with labels, publishers and performing rights organizations to aid global expansion and an upcoming on-demand service. Pandora also purchased Ticketfly for $450 million to connect listeners to live events.
Artist With Whom He’d Trade Places (Westergren): "Questlove. He's like a planet everyone is orbiting."