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No. 41: John Branca | Power 100

John Branca, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham

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JOHN BRANCA, 65

Partner, Ziffren Brittenham
Last Year's Rank: 45

In October, Branca, co-­executor of Michael Jackson's estate, became a key player in a major ongoing music-publishing transaction when Sony Corp. ­triggered a clause to either sell its 50 percent stake in Sony/ATV, the music ­publisher it co-owns with the estate, or buy the other half. It's a win-win for Branca: If he doesn't ­orchestrate the estate's ­purchase of Sony/ATV, which ­generated ­revenue of about $1.2 ­billion in 2015, he'll deliver a huge payday to the King of Pop's heirs.