John Branca: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 45

John Branca

64, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham


Last year's rank: 47

Branca may be the quintessential music power lawyer, with a rock'n'roll-meets-Armani image and the resources to pursue his passions, from baseball cards to cars. And, of course, business. Branca heads up the Ziffren Brittenham music division, whose client Justin Timberlake wrapped a 14-month tour in January that grossed $231.7 million from 128 performances. As co-­executor of the Michael Jackson estate, Branca was an executive producer of Xscape, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, a co-production with Cirque du Soleil, added 95 performances and grosses of $35.8 million to its four-year run, bringing its total to $360.9 million -- the eighth-­highest grosser in history, according to Boxscore.

PRIZED POSSESSION: "I would hang my Ferrari 458 Spider from the ceiling in my living room as a sculpture if I could."

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