READ List of Famous Music Executives

Reference
38.2k views 139 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. (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
L.A. 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