Brian O'Connell: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 37

Brian O'Connell

49, President of country music touring, Live Nation


Last year's rank: 34

As a major sports fan, O'Connell is a guy who can appreciate the value of quick thinking -- a skill that was necessary when he received 100 days notice to develop a world-class country music festival in an empty parking lot off the Las Vegas Strip. O'Connell stepped up and delivered the Route 91 Harvest Festival in early October, amid a hectic year that also saw him oversee the Watershed and Faster Horses fests, along with top-­grossing tours from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and many others.

I NEVER GET ON A PLANE WITHOUT: "Wishing I were on a bus."