HARTWIG MASUCH, 61
Last Year's Rank: 42
After years of expansion, 2015 was relatively quiet for BMG. "It was about consolidation and solidifying our position," says Masuch, who nevertheless oversaw about 20 acquisitions, including S-Curve and Rise Records. The deals contributed to the publisher and label registering double-digit growth in revenue and profit, making it the No. 4 industry player behind Universal, Sony and Warner.