ERIC LEVIN, 54
CFO/executive vp, WMG
PAUL ROBINSON, 58
Executive vp/general counsel/secretary, WMG
Last Year's Rank: NEW
Geo-targeting in Europe and China has triggered global breakthroughs for newly minted WMG stars Twenty One Pilots, Charlie Puth and Lukas Graham, and added to the bottom lines of established acts Bruno Mars and Coldplay. "We set out years ago to strengthen our operations around the world to build local acts and better serve our global stars, and it has paid off," says Bergen. WMG revenue grew by 9.4 percent globally, which translates to earnings of $30 million -- the label's first profit since Access Industries' leveraged acquisition in 2011.
How Trump Will Affect the Industry: "The hope is that Trump, whose business relies on intellectual property, will realize the importance of IP enforcement."