STEVE SMITH, 61
Chairman, Concord Bicycle Music
Last Year's Rank: —
Concord continued its shopping spree in 2015, purchasing the Vanguard, Sugar Hill and Fearless catalogs; the remainder of Wind-up Records; and a significant share of Razor & Tie's labels and publishing. It licensed worldwide rights for R.E.M.'s Warner Bros. catalog and, this year, signed a global publishing deal for George Harrison's songs. From 2013 to 2015, annual revenue increased from $82 million to $175 million.