President, Epic Records
Last Year’s Rank: 39
FUTURE WAS BRIGHT: Rhone oversaw Future‘s unprecedented feat of back-to-back No. 1 debuts on the Billboard 200.
TRIUMPH AFTER TURBULENCE: Rhone became Epic’s leader in May 2017, when chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid suddenly left the label amid sexual harassment allegations. But the former Universal Motown Records president deftly navigated the ensuing turbulence, ensuring DJ Khaled‘s Grateful topped the Billboard 200 for two weeks while also signing One Direction alum Louis Tomlinson, whose lead-artist debut, “Back to You,” rose to No. 25 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Also credit Rhone with these Hot 100 wins in the second half of 2017: French Montana‘s “Unforgettable” hit No. 3, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana” soared to No. 2, and Mariah Carey‘s pop-carol classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” entered the top 10 for the first time in its 23-year history.
SHE’S OVER… “Trump. Oprah for president!”