Lucian Grainge
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United Kingdom

Universal Music Group


Chairman / CEO

Few record execs can literally be addressed as “Sir,” but the British-born chief of the world’s largest music company is one. And with artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga to Drake and Taylor Swift — the latter signed with UMG’s Republic Records last fall — Grainge has moved deftly into growth areas like podcasts and merchandise and expanded into emerging markets. And while Vivendi’s loud efforts to sell up to 50% of the music giant may come to naught — UMG suffered a black eye when the New York Times revealed some 500,000 masters were destroyed in a downplayed 2008 fire prior to Grainge’s appointment — the company’s valuation has soared from $22 billion in 2017 to as high as $50 billion.


  • PolyGram Music Publishing

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
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