Variety500 Entertainment Leaders and Icons
Intro
Intro

What is Variety500?

Welcome to the fourth annual edition of Variety500, an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global media industry.

Updated Dec. 23, 2020, the Variety500 reflects the accomplishments of its members over the previous 12 months. They were selected by the Variety editorial board, which conducted extensive research for its selections.

For more on our internal selection process, you can view a full rundown here.

Spotlight

WarnerMedia

Jason Kilar

CEO

The streaming vet is testing his innovating skills and implementing intense restructuring after taking the reins of the company.

Universal Pictures

Donna Langley

Chairman, Filmed Entertainment Group

She went from reshuffling the exec lineup to rejiggering release strategies and crafting pandemic safety protocols.

Amazon Corporation

Jeff Bezos

President / CEO / Chairman

Neither disease nor divorce could stop the richest man in the world from diminishing an empire built on e-commerce.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Oprah Winfrey

Chairman / CEO

Never shy, the pioneering talk show host and network owner is harnessing the power of her media empire to promote change.

Netflix

Reed Hastings

Founder / CEO

As viewers binged the streamer’s content during the global pandemic, he ramped up his philanthropy.

The Hollywood Commission

Anita Hill

Chair

A seminal figure in the #MeToo movement, she’s putting her hard-earned wisdom to work fighting sexism and abuse in Hollywood.

Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry

An impossibly prolific multi-hyphenate, not even COVID-19 could stop him from flooding his fans with new content.

The Walt Disney Company

Robert Chapek

CEO

He landed one of the most powerful positions in the world of entertainment, but at precisely the wrong time.

Charli D’Amelio

The social media superstar is one of the most recognizable teens on the planet thanks to millions of TikTok followers.

Reliance Industries

Mukesh Ambani

Chairman / Managing Director

Now the country’s top telecom provider, the Indian plutocrat continues to shake up the flourishing digital entertainment space.

Jason Kilar
Donna Langley
Jeff Bezos
Oprah Winfrey
Reed Hastings
Anita Hill
Tyler Perry
Robert Chapek
Charli D’Amelio
Mukesh Ambani