OLIVER EL-KHATIB, 33
Founder, OVO; co-manager, Drake
Last Year’s Rank: 47
Drake dominated 2016 by just about every metric, landing the year’s top album, Views (4.1 million equivalent album units), and its fifth-best-selling song, “One Dance” (2 million digital downloads), with both spending double-digit weeks atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100, respectively. The superstar’s high-profile relationship with Apple, which El-Khatib helped put together, also resulted in a TV commercial, a short film called Please Forgive Me and a sponsorship for Drake and Future‘s Summer Sixteen Tour, which grossed $71 million across 46 dates. It also was a big year for label OVO Sound, as the No. 3 Billboard 200 debut for PartyNextDoor’s P3 LP signaled the arrival of another potential label star.