STU BERGEN, 51
CEO of international and global commercial services, Warner Music Group
Last Year’s Rank: 79
2017 HIGHLIGHTS: Bergen helps keep the WMG commercial engine greased to the tune of a 10.2 percent increase in revenue to $3.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2017. He also was involved in WMG’s $110 million acquisition of Spinnin’ Records.
IT’S ED’S WORLD, WE JUST LIVE IN IT: WMG’s global expert says 2017 was the year of Ed Sheeran. In the United States alone, the artist racked up 2.8 million equivalent-album consumption units. Going forward, Bergen sees further industry growth coming from China, Russia and Brazil, where the company is working hard to develop the streaming markets.
BUCKET-LIST TRAVEL DESTINATION: “Mount Rushmore, a monument to some of our more dignified presidents, which is especially relevant in this time.”