40 Under 40: Jay Brown, Roc Nation


Co-founder/President, Roc Nation


“We’re true entrepreneurs, creating things we love,” Jay Brown, 39, told Billboard earlier this year. “The challenge is to keep thinking outside the box.” Roc Nation definitely takes that credo to heart. Year to date, the #newrules company broke ground with the Jay Z/Samsung Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail pact, signed a multiyear worldwide partnership with Universal Music Group, appointed Jason Iley president of Roc Nation Records and celebrated No. 1 releases by label acts J. Cole and the head man himself. While welcoming producer Timbaland and artist Kylie Minogue to its management roster, the burgeoning conglomerate—which also houses a music publishing division—launched Roc Nation Sports. Next: After summer stadium shows with Justin Timberlake, Jay Z will helm the second annual Made in America festival (Aug. 31-Sept. 1).