Co-CEO, William Morris Endeavor Agency
At the intersection of entertainment and digital technologies as the co-CEO of WME, Ari Emanuel built the leading entertainment and media firm in Hollywood and well beyond that zip code - first as founding partner of the Endeavor Agency until its mid-2009 merger with the legendary William Morris Agency.
Consider a short list of actors, writers and directors that Emanuel represents: Michael Moore, Martin Scorsese, Nancy Meyers, Matthew Vaughn, Peter Berg, Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, M. Night Shyamalan, Errol Morris, Larry David, Charlie Rose, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Douglas and Sacha Baron Cohen.
He's also just struck a very intriguing "strategic partnership" with large private equity firm Silver Lake, which is buying a 31 percent stake to help turbocharge WME's digital efforts and help it cope with the changing nature of entertainment distribution as consumer Internet use has exploded.
As changing it certainly is, with Emanuel charged with figuring it all our for his impressive stable of clients, in what has been a long career in Hollywood. Prior to founding Endeavor, he was a partner at InterTalent and a senior agent at International Creative Management. He began his entertainment industry career as an agent trainee at Creative Artists Agency. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Emanuel graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.