JOHN BRANCA, 66
Partner, Ziffren Brittenham
Last Year’s Rank: 41
In August 2016, when European regulators approved Sony Corp.’s $750 million acquisition of the Michael Jackson estate’s 50 percent interest in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the agreement capped a more than $1 billion, seven-year turnaround for the estate, for which Branca has been co-executor since the King of Pop’s death in 2009. No wonder he treated himself to a new Ferrari 488 Spider for Christmas. “Zero to 60 in three seconds, top speed of over 200 miles an hour,” says the quintessential Armani-clad power attorney.
Stress-Relief Secret: “That would be X-rated if I discussed that. But I work out.”