Bill Simmons
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United States

The Ringer


Founder / Managing Director

Simmons got a promotion from Spotify — the company that bought his sports and pop-culture website network The Ringer in 2020 in a deal worth up to $196 million — charging him with growing the audio giant’s sports content outside the U.S. His influential “Bill Simmons Podcast” reached the 1,000th-episode mark this year after being named iHeartRadio’s best sports podcast in February. But perhaps his most significant move was the launch of two non-sports Ringer podcasts: “Just Like Us,” in which host Clare Malone looks back at the celebrity industrial complex of the 2000s, which brought the world Bennifer and Brangelina; and “The Town With Matthew Belloni,” an inside-baseball examination of the entertainment biz.  


  • Spotify
  • The Ringer


  • College of the Holy Cross (MA, USA)
  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
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