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List of famous music executives, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top music executives in the world? This includes the most prominent music executives, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable music executives is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic music executives were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned music executives.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known music executives to the lesser known music executives of today, these are some of the best professionals in the music executive field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous music executives ever?" and "What are the names of famous music executives?" then you're in the right place. (139 items)

Usher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Usher Terry Raymond IV is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard ...more

Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. ...more

David Geffen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC ...more

R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, ...more

Gerard Way is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Gerard Arthur Way is an American musician and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative-rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September ...more

Berry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Berry Gordy, Jr. is an American record producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries.

Pete Wentz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Peter Lewis Kingston "Pete" Wentz III, known professionally as Pete Wentz, is an American musician best known for being the bassist, primary lyricist and backing vocalist for the ...more

Rain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Jung Ji-Hoon, better known by his stage name Rain, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer. Rain's musical career includes seven albums, 28 singles and numerous concert ...more

Clive Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. From 1967 to ...more

Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Dwight Errington Myers, better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included ...more

Joseph Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Joseph Walter Jackson (July 26, 1928 – June 27, 2018) was an American talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers that includes his children Michael and Janet. He was ...more

DJ Khaled is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Khaled Khaled, better known by his stage name DJ Khaled, is an American record producer, radio personality, rapper, DJ and record label executive. He is a radio host for the Miami-based urban ...more

Swizz Beatz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Kasseem Dean, better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from New York City, New York. Born and raised in The Bronx, he began his ...more

Herb Alpert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Herb Alpert is a theatrical producer.

Jimmy Iovine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
James "Jimmy" Iovine is an American entrepreneur, record producer, and film producer. He is best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen ...more

Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper and entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the ...more

Gerardo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Gerardo is a Latin rapper and singer.

Smokey Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is an American R&B/pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal ...more

Kyla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Melanie C. Alvarez, better known by her stage name Kyla, is a Filipino R&B singer-songwriter, producer, occasional actress and presenter dubbed as the Philippines' "Queen of ...more

Sam Phillips is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Samuel Cornelius Phillips, better known as Sam Phillips, was an American musician, businessman, record executive, music producer, and disc-jockey, who played an important role in the emergence ...more

Benzino is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Raymond Scott, better known by his stage name Benzino, is an American hip hop media executive and record producer. Since 2012 he has appeared on VH1 TV series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

Shyne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Moses Michael Levi, better known by his stage name Shyne, is a Belizean rapper, who moved from Belize to the Brooklyn borough of New York City as a teenager to live with his mother. He is ...more

Antonio M. Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Antonio M. "L.A." Reid is an American record executive, musician, songwriter, record producer, former television music competition judge, and is currently the chairman and CEO of Epic ...more

Barry Josephson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Barry Josephson is an American film producer and former music manager. He graduated from American University, Washington DC in 1978, and remains an active member of its American University ...more

Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Paul Blair

Jess Jackson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Music Executives

The-Dream is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Terius Youngdell Nash, better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American R&B and pop record producer, singer, and songwriter. He has also co-written songs, including "Me Against ...more

Tommy Mottola is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Thomas Daniel "Tommy" Mottola is an American music executive. He is the co-owner of Casablanca Records in a joint venture with the Universal Music Group. He headed Sony Music ...more

Al Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Al Bell is an American record producer, songwriter, and record executive. Bell is best known an executive and co-owner of Memphis, Tennessee-based Stax Records during the later half of the ...more

Bob Holman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Bob Holman is an American poet and poetry activist, most closely identified with the Oral tradition, the spoken word, and slam poetry. As a promoter of poetry in many media, Holman has spent the ...more

D-Dot is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Deric Michael Angelettie, better known by his stage name D-Dot, is an American music producer, songwriter, artist, manager, and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York City. He is a three-time ...more

Nobuo Uematsu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Nobuo Uematsu is a Japanese video game composer, best known for scoring the majority of titles in the Final Fantasy series. He is considered one of the most famous and respected composers in the ...more

Buddy De Sylva is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
George Gard "Buddy" DeSylva was an American songwriter, film producer and record executive. He wrote or co-wrote many popular songs and along with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs he ...more

Rick DePiro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Rick DePiro, who is known by his stage name Ricky Dee, is an American Country singer-songwriter, notable and award winning jazz pianist and jazz organist, and a music producer who has recorded ...more

Jeff Rabhan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Jeffrey S. Rabhan is an American business executive.

Bryce Wilson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Bryce Wilson is a record producer/entrepreneur and actor. He was formerly half of late 1990s duo Groove Theory, and former artist on the early 1990s dance music/electro hip-hop band Mantronix.

Amanda Ghost is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Amanda Ghost is a singer and songwriter from Enfield, North London. After performing as a solo artist, she formed a band which performed under her name, and of which she was the lead singer. ...more

Joey Starr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Didier Morville, better known by his stage name Joeystarr with additional alias as Jaguar Gorgone or Double R, is a French rapper of Martinican origin, from Saint-Denis. He co-founded the famous ...more

Joe Flizzow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Music Executives

Morris Levy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Morris Levy, born Moishe Levy, was an American music industry executive, widely known as the founder and owner of Roulette Records, owner of the Birdland jazz club and Roulette Room. At the peak ...more

Sean Guerrier De Bey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Music Executives

Jay R Sillona is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Gaudencio Sillona III, who performs under the mononym Jay R, is a Filipino singer-songwriter, actor, record producer and model. In 2003, he released his debut album, Gameface, under Universal ...more

Clarence Avant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Clarence Avant is an American music executive, entrepreneur, and film producer. He was also known as the Godfather of Black Music. Avant's 75th birthday was celebrated by Billboard magazine, on ...more

Frank Fenter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Frank Fenter was a music industry executive. Fenter was the first Managing Director of Atlantic Records for Europe, where he helped discover and get signed to Atlantic late-1960s British ...more

Irving Azoff is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Irving Azoff is an American personal manager, representing recording artists such as Christina Aguilera, Journey, the Eagles, Joe Walsh, Van Halen, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Steely Dan, Lindsey ...more

Mr. DJ is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Mr. DJ, born David Sheats, is a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop record producer and DJ from Atlanta, Georgia.

Jim Jonsin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
James Scheffer, professionally known as Jim Jonsin, is an American record producer, songwriter, record executive and entrepreneur. Jonsin has collaborated with numerous elite hip hop, pop, ...more

Jae Deal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Jae Deal was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an American composer, arranger, music producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, gospel, and hip hop. He is also a session ...more

Yang Hyun-suk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Yang Hyun-suk is a South Korean music mogul, musician, and record producer. He rose to fame as a member of Seo Taiji and Boys during the 1990's. After the group disbanded, he founded and became ...more

Mathew Knowles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Music Executives
Mathew Knowles is an American talent manager and businessman. He is best known for being the manager of the Grammy award winning multi-platinum R&B girl group, Destiny’s Child. He also ...more