Robert F.X. Sillerman: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 70

Robert F.X. Sillerman

70, Chairman/CEO, SFX Entertainment


Last year's rank: 52

Since SFX's $13-a-share initial public offering in October 2013, the EDM events giant behind TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo and the genre's premier digital music store, Beatport, has largely disappointed investors. Shares of the company started 2014 at $12, but at press time were trading in the $3.25 range. (In March, the stock price briefly dropped 20 percent after a combative conference call between SFX executives and analysts.) While some attribute the company's struggles to Sillerman's distance from the company's target market, millennials, the mogul knows live entertainment. He founded concert behemoth Live Nation in the 1990s. The coming year could see a turnaround: Beatport will enter the streaming market, megafest TomorrowWorld will expand to Brazil, and party ­producer Life in Color will embark on an ­ambitious world tour. 

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