WILLARD AHDRITZ, 51
Last Year's Rank: 72
The largest independent music publisher expanded when Ahdritz oversaw Kobalt's acquisition of the American Mechanical Rights Agency, creating what he calls the "first global digital-collections society." AMRA's global deal with YouTube will pursue payment of video royalties in more than 100 territories. Kobalt also signed a deal to administer the film and TV scores and songs published by studio IM Global Music.