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No. 69: Willard Ahdritz | Power 100

Willard Ahdritz, Founder/CEO, Kobalt

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WILLARD AHDRITZ, 51

Founder/CEO, Kobalt
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.