SCOTT BORCHETTA, 54
President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group
Last Year’s Rank: 22
With Taylor Swift taking 2016 off, Big Machine Label Group focused on its core, claiming 2016’s top three country chart hits: Florida Georgia Line‘s “H.O.L.Y.,” Thomas Rhett‘s “Die a Happy Man” and Tim McGraw‘s “Humble and Kind.” Borchetta’s stint as an American Idol judge ended last year, but he’s planning more televised projects under the Big Machine banner. “It helps me keep a better global view of what people are running toward,” says the Nashville resident, who spends three months of the year in Los Angeles.