GUY OSEARY, 43
Last Year’s Rank: 18
Fifteen months after Oseary formed Maverick, a consortium of nine top managers and their artists, including Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and Nicki Minaj, Oseary’s big earners of 2015 were U2, which raked in $152 million for the year on its Innocence + Experience Tour, and Madonna‘s ongoing Rebel Heart Tour, which grossed $88 million for the same period. Oseary also signed comedy sensation and Trainwreck star Amy Schumer, who’s set to play New York’s Madison Square Garden in June.
Biggest Issue Facing the Record Industry: “There’s not enough innovation or chance-takers in the music business. We have a lot of the same exact people in control doing the same exact thing over and over again, even though we all know it isn’t going to work.”