SYLVIA RHONE, 63
President, Epic Records
Last Year's Rank: 61
Reid says listening to his artists helped Epic register its strongest year and land its first Billboard 200 No. 1 -- Meghan Trainor's Title -- since he took over the label in 2011. "Whenever I thought we had the better idea, I was wrong," he recalls. In 2015, he and Rhone partnered with Janelle Monáe's Wondaland label, added Mariah Carey to the label and scored hits with Future and Sara Bareilles.
Collects (Reid): "Phone numbers. My most prized is Barack Obama's."