Chairman of global music/president of global touring, Live Nation
BOB ROUX, 61
President of U.S. concerts, Live Nation
RUSSELL WALLACH, 53
Global president of media and sponsorship, Live Nation
CFO, Live Nation
90 MILLION TICKETS SOLD IN 2018: The live-events behemoth continued to dominate the concert business. Fogel's work on Beyoncé and Jay-Z's On the Run II and U2's Experience + Innocence tours helped them gross $253 million and $126 million, respectively. Roux and his U.S. concerts team promoted over 6,400 shows, which represented more than 42 million of the 90 million total tickets sold for Live Nation's shows globally in 2018. Desmond promoted shows for Taylor Swift in Dublin and Eminem in London, plus the Reading and Leeds music festivals, which he says sold out all 170,000 tickets in advance. And Willard helped oversee Live Nation's acquisition of Rock in Rio, which has attracted over 9 million attendees since 1985. "We have wanted to be in [Brazil] for a long time, and it is finally the right time," she says. Meanwhile, under Wallach, Live Nation's sponsorship division saw double-digit growth in 2018 with revenue exceeding $385 million.