44.5k readers

List of Famous Music Executives

Updated February 11, 2020 44.5k views139 items

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.

List features people like Usher, Dr. Dre and more!

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. {#nodes}
  • Usher
    Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was...  more

    More Usher 

    The Best Usher Songs of All Time#530 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time

  • Dr. Dre
    Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American...  more

    More Dr. Dre 

    The Best Songs on Dr. Dre's The Chronic#416 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • David Geffen
    David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American business magnate, producer, film...  more

    More David Geffen 

    #39 of 54 The Most Influential CEOs of All Time#1 of 8 8 Openly Gay Billionaires

  • R. Kelly
    Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967)[8] is an American singer, songwriter, record...  more

    More R. Kelly 

    The Best R. Kelly Songs#149 of 196 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • Gerard Way
    Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic...  more
  • Berry Gordy
    Berry Gordy III (known professionally as Berry Gordy Jr., born November 28, 1929) is an...  more

    More Berry Gordy 

    #52 of 100 The Greatest Motown Artists Of All-Time#401 of 568 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

  • Pete Wentz
    Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born June 5, 1979) is an American musician, singer, songwriter...  more

    More Pete Wentz 

    #8 of 55 Straight Edge Celebrities#232 of 260 The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models

  • Rain
    Jung Ji-hoon (born June 25, 1982), better known by his stage name Rain, is a South Korean...  more

    More Rain 

    #19 of 52 The Best JYP Entertainment Artists Ever, Ranked#29 of 122 The Best K-Pop Solo Artists

  • Clive Davis
    Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producer, A&R executive, and music...  more
  • Heavy D
    Dwight Arrington Myers (May 24, 1967 – November 8, 2011), better known as Heavy D, was a...  more

    More Heavy D 

    The Best Heavy D Songs#18 of 43 The Greatest Rappers Who Are Already Dead

  • Joseph Jackson
    Joseph Walter Jackson (July 26, 1928 – June 27, 2018) was an American talent manager and...  more
  • DJ Khaled
    Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975), better known as DJ Khaled, is an American DJ,...  more
    Spotify buy button

    More DJ Khaled 

    The Best DJ Khaled Songs#23 of 50 Celebrities You're Sick Of In 2021

  • Swizz Beatz

    Swizz Beatz

    Kasseem Dean (born September 13, 1978), known professionally as Swizz Beatz, is an American...  more


    #81 of 236 The Best New York Rappers#37 of 129 The Best Hip Hop Producers Right Now, Ranked

  • Herb Alpert
    Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935) is an American jazz musician most associated with the group...  more
  • Jimmy Iovine
    James Iovine (; Italian: [ˈjoːvine]; born March 11, 1953) is an American record producer best...  more
  • Chamillionaire
    Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire (), is...  more

    More Chamillionaire 

    #3 of 24 Houston Gangsta Rappers List#16 of 71 The Best Houston Rappers

  • Gerardo


    Gerardo may refer to:...  more
  • Smokey Robinson
    William "Smokey" Robinson Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter,...  more
    Spotify buy button

    More Smokey Robinson 

    The Best Smokey Robinson Albums of All Time#60 of 225 The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

  • Kyla
    Melanie "Kyla" Alvarez (born Melanie Hernandez Calumpad on 5 January 1981), better known by...  more
  • Sam Phillips
    Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) was an American record producer...  more
  • Benzino
    Raymond Scott (born July 18, 1965), better known by his stage name Benzino, is an American hip...  more

    More Benzino 

    #673 of 1,019 The Worst Bands & Musicians of All Time#165 of 167 The Best East Coast Rappers of All Time

  • Shyne
    Moses Michael Levi Barrow (born Jamal Michael Barrow; November 8, 1979), is a Belizean rapper...  more

    More Shyne 

    #51 of 70 The Complete List of Rappers Who've Been in Prison#65 of 83 Rappers with the Best Album Discography, Ranked

  • L.A. Reid
    Antonio Marquis "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is an American record executive, record...  more
  • Barry Josephson
    Barry Josephson (born April 2, 1956) is an American film producer and former music manager....  more
  • Paul Blair