Irving Azoff
Ben Miller
United States
2021

The Azoff Company

Irving
Azoff

Chairman / CEO

Azoff has been front and center in the red-hot music rights marketplace with his company Iconic Artists Group (funded by nearly half a billion dollars from Guggenheim Securities), cutting big deals in 2021 for the catalogs of artists including the Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt and David Crosby. Azoff first came to prominence as manager of the Eagles in the ’70s — a position he retains to this day — and went on to produce movies (such as the teen classic “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”), serve as chairman of MCA Records (1983-89), found Giant Records (1990) and, more recently, head Ticketmaster and Live Nation Entertainment. In 2013, he founded Global Music Rights, which licenses the performance rights of artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars. Azoff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

Career

  • The Azoff Company
  • Full Stop Management
  • Oak View Group

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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