Variety500 Entertainment Leaders and Icons
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What is Variety500?

Variety500 is an index of the 500 most influential business leaders shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry.

Updated annually, 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.

Spotlight

Walt Disney Company, The

Robert Iger

Chairman / CEO

Disney's longtime leader charts the company's continued growth with the historic acquisition of Fox assets and a move into OTT.

Wicious Pictures

Patty Jenkins

Director / Producer / Writer

The success of “Wonder Woman” has made this multi-hyphenate Hollywood’s highest-paid female director.

Wanda Media Group

Jianlin Wang

Chairman

Wanda chairman applied military discipline to build the property giant, but his swagger has disappeared under the weight of debts and government opprobrium.

Joint Effort

Bradley Cooper

Actor / Producer

Fast-rising star has balanced Oscar buzz and box-office success to become the consummate leading man.

Sony Corporation

Kaz Hirai

Chairman / Director

He has streamlined operations at Sony, returning the 70-year-old Japanese electronics to profit and giving it a renewed competitive edge.

Bronte Film and Television

J.K. Rowling

Principal / Producer / Writer

The “Harry Potter” author casts a spell with her record-shattering book, film and theater franchise.

Netflix

Ted Sarandos

Chief Content Officer

The streaming giant's content boss wields a gargantuan programming budget as Netflix continues to shake up the industry.

Parkwood Entertainment, Tidal

Beyoncé

Founder / Partner

The show-stopping superstar spent much of 2017 on maternity leave but followed with big plays in music, fashion and film. 

Annapurna Pictures

Megan Ellison

Principal

The young production company owner has become the patron saint of independent filmmakers, both new and established.

YouTube, LLC

Susan Wojcicki

CEO

A Google principal since its inception, the media visionary now charts YouTube's growth in music and live-TV streaming.

Robert Iger
Patty Jenkins
Jianlin Wang
Bradley Cooper
Kaz Hirai
J.K. Rowling
Ted Sarandos
Beyoncé
Megan Ellison
Susan Wojcicki