Michael Rapino
United States

Live Nation Entertainment


President / CEO / Director

Yet another Canadian making his mark in the U.S.’ entertainment business, this Ontario native led the industry-leading concert promoter to record-setting earnings as touring has become an increasingly major portion of artists’ income. Live Nation’s latest quarterly earnings beat analysts’ expectations, with revenues of $2.87 billion, while its Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan initiative, designed to ensure that tickets end up with fans instead of scalpers, was used on tours by Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway residency, among others. Rapino’s moves include the acquisition of indie promoter Frank Productions, the launch of high-end production company Red Rock and the debut of Live Nation Films with Imagine Dragons documentary “Believer.”


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


  • Lakehead University (Canada)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Live Nation Q2: Sponsorship and Advertising, Ticketing See Double-Digit Gains

Live Nation Q2: Sponsorship and Advertising, Ticketing See Double-Digit Gains

Live Nation's concerts played to more than 25 million ticket-buyers over some 9,000 shows worldwide, the company's Q2 2018 earnings report revealed on July 26.Among the highlights touted by Live Nation chief Michael Rapino during a conference call with investors: double-digit growth in profit sectors of sponsorship and advertising (up 12% to $80.5 million and involving such brands as American Eagle and General Mills) and ticketing (up 13% to just over $49 million). Operating income was up 11% in the...


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