Billboard Power 100: Live Nation Entertainment's Michael Rapino

Monday, January 1, 2018 / Campus

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MICHAEL RAPINO, 52  CEO, Live Nation Entertainment (Last Year's Rank: 3)

Michael Rapino (BAdmin '89) likes to hold court in a corner seat of Live Nation's new employee lounge and bar, a space stocked with high-end tequila and craft beer that feels more like a miniature House of Blues than the first-floor reception area of the company's Beverly Hills headquarters. With 50,000 employees spread out across 40 countries, the firm's Southern California office serves as the de facto boardroom for the world's largest music entity, which in 2017 helped artists reap record revenue despite two terrorist attacks at live-music events, including the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.