No. 52. Wassim "Sal" Slaiby | Power 100
WASSIM "SAL" SLAIBY, 37
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Slaiby, who joined the Maverick management team in 2016, has been one of its biggest needle-movers. As co-manager of The Weeknd, the Lebanon native known as Tony Sal helped pilot Starboy to global success (926 million on-demand streams in the United States alone). Slaiby also added rapper French Montana and a gang of songwriter-producers to Maverick's stable, including rapper Belly, who co-wrote "6 Inch" for Beyoncé's Lemonade; Ben Billions, who co-produced Future's "Low Life"; and frequent Weeknd collaborators DaHeala and Danny Boy Styles. "I'm family-oriented -- I never thought I'd work with someone I didn't spend Christmas with," says the new father, who's married to Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010. "But the opportunity to work with the Maverick team was special. Together, we're like the X-Men."
Stress-Relief Secret: "I smoke a joint. It keeps me calm and concentrated."