KEVIN KELLEHER, 58
Executive vp/CFO, Sony Music Entertainment
Last Year’s Rank: 44
During Kelleher’s 25 years at Sony, he has driven global operations and development initiatives across 45 territories around the world. “We’ve been very aggressive with our digital strategies and [developing] talent, which continues to be our core approach,” says the low-key MBA, who is married to a CPA. Major deals for 2016 included the purchase of U.K. dance label Ministry of Sound, a renewed partnership with Simon Cowell’s Syco and completing SME’s buy-out of indie distributor The Orchard.
Book That Recently Inspired Him: “Bruce Springsteen‘s Born to Run. It gave me insight into the passion that drove him.”