LOUIS MESSINA, 70
CEO, Messina Touring Group
Co-CEO, Concerts West
Last Year’s Rank: 74
BRAGGING RIGHTS: The past year’s proudest achievement was “seeing Eric Church become the superstar he is,” says Messina, noting that the country star’s tour grossed $55 million from 65 shows — one of the top treks of the year. “Every show was a marathon,” he says of Church’s three-hour sets. Meanwhile, Meglen helped The Rolling Stones gross $120 million, playing to 755,000 fans at just 14 shows in Europe.
SWIFT BUSINESS: Messina’s artist-centric touring model keeps attracting big-name acts, including Kelly Clarkson, who has a “voice that is one of a kind.” Working with Lenore Kinder at MTG Nashville, he also helped grow The Lumineers from 4,000-seat shows to two sellouts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Next up: Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour, which sold $180 million worth of tickets in the first seven days of sales.