Irving Azoff
United States

Azoff MSG Entertainment



Azoff has been a major player in the music business as an artist manager and executive for nearly half a century. His Azoff Co. banner incorporates Fullstop Management, the sprawling live-entertainment firm Oak View Group, with its arena alliances and ticketing services, and licensing organization Global Music Rights. The former head of Live Nation Entertainment, Azoff had headed a joint venture with Jim Dolan’s MSG since 2013 that led to the refurbishment of the L.A. Forum, among other deals. But in December 2018, he bought out MSG’s 50 percent stake for $125 million. The mogul and his wife, Shelli, also expanded their horizons into the culinary scene with the acquisition of two iconic L.A. restaurants, Nate ’n Al Delicatessen and the Apple Pan burger house.


  • Azoff MSG Entertainment
  • Full Stop Management
  • Oak View Group


  • University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Music Biz Legend Joe Smith Feted by Mel Brooks, Mo Ostin, Irving Azoff at Memorial

Music Biz Legend Joe Smith Feted by Mel Brooks, Mo Ostin, Irving Azoff at Memorial

“Joe Smith was his real name.” Those were the first words spoken by the late music industry mogul's son, Jeff Smith, getting a laugh out of the crowd gathered at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for a memorial officially billed as “Joe Smith: Celebration of Life" and unofficially as "No Ordinary Joe."Organized by his wife, Donnie, and Irving Azoff, along with his emcee-ing son, the hour-and-a-half-long ceremony honored a quintessential record man who started...


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