No. 34: Tim Westergren | Power 100
TIM WESTERGREN, 51
Co-founder/CEO, Pandora Media
Last Year's Rank: 34
During the last 10 years, Pandora has become the largest online radio company in the United States, with 78 million users -- which, according to some media reports, makes it an acquisition target for SiriusXM. But Westergren, who was named CEO in March, spent 2016 sealing label deals that enabled the company to enter the on-demand subscription streaming market. Against Apple and Spotify, Westergren contends Pandora's key advantage is its long-standing Music Genome Project, which generates user recommendations.
Time-Travel Music Fantasy: "Mid-1940s: Thelonious Monk at a cutting contest at Minton's [in Harlem]."