Michael Rapino
United States

Live Nation Entertainment


President / CEO / Director

Under’s Rapino’s stewardship, the event-promoting juggernaut again topped previous years’ best-ever numbers. Over 93 million fans attended Live Nation events in 2018 (an annual increase of 8%), as the company put on over 35,000 shows in 40 countries. And its growth extended beyond the stage, with sponsorship revenues up 13% and Ticketmaster’s gross transaction value up 14%. Extending its global footprint, the company acquired a controlling interest in Mexico’s largest concert promoter, OCESA Entertainment. Ticketmaster followed suit by inking deals with Evenko in Canada, O2 in Prague and some 150 other worldwide clients. Meanwhile, Presence, Ticketmaster’s system that replaces hard tickets with mobile digital access, is active in all NFL stadiums and is projected to reach 600 venues by end of 2019.


  • iHeartMedia, Inc.
  • Labatt Brewing Company
  • Clear Channel Music Group


  • Lakehead University (Canada)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Live Nation-Ticketmaster Chief Michael Rapino Talks Dept. of Justice Inquiries

Live Nation-Ticketmaster Chief Michael Rapino Talks Dept. of Justice Inquiries

Back in August, Senators Richard Blumenthal of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota made the most recent of several requests for an Department of Justice antitrust investigation into competition in the ticketing industry, and it soon became clear that the target of the probe was Live Nation and its 2010 merger with Ticketmaster, which has created an online live-event ticket marketplace that the senators say is not working for consumers.Live Nation/ Ticketmaster operates under a consent decree that bars Live Nation...


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