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Who Is Irving Azoff?

Irving Azoff was an exceptional showbiz figure. As a promoter, he oversaw the careers of classic rock bands such as REO Speedwagon and Dan Fogelberg; co-producing iconic ’80s movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Urban Cowboy and Jack Frost; as well as serving on numerous boards that led to awards ceremonies honoring them both professionally and personally.

In 2013, he founded Global Music Rights as a performance rights company and in 2015 formed Oak View Group with Tim Leiweke.

Early Life and Education

Irving Azoff began his music management career while still attending Danville, Illinois-based University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign by promoting school bands and booking concerts. Soon thereafter he discovered his passion for managing musicians; this interest soon blossomed further after dropping out. His first client was folk rocker Dan Fogelberg before going on to work with REO Speedwagon and The Eagles as clients.

In 2013, Azoff established Global Music Rights, which manages licensing rights for artists. That same year he also established Azoff MSG Entertainment with The Madison Square Garden Company.

He and his wife Shelli own Los Angeles restaurants Apple Pan and Nate ‘n Al. They also hold shares in Front Line Management, a music management firm which assists artists such as Christina Aguilera, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Steely Dan.

Professional Career

Irving Azoff parlayed his music industry success into a Hollywood career that included co-producing iconic ’80s movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Urban Cowboy. Additionally, he is widely recognized for founding Front Line Management; an artist management consortium which has helped guide some of history’s most beloved solo artists and bands such as The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Steely Dan and Van Halen among many others.

Azoff has held virtually every high-level position available to him in the music industry: president of MCA Records; CEO of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and chairman of Live Nation Entertainment following their merger.

Azoff is also the founder of Full Stop Management, an agency with clients like Harry Styles, Polo G, Chloe x Halle and Chloe x Halle as clients. Additionally, his portfolio of businesses include Global Music Rights as a performance rights organization; Oak View Group as an investment vehicle; and LaneOne which offers premium experience packages.

Achievement and Honors

Irving Azoff has long been one of the most influential managers in music history. He has been involved in high-profile legal battles and been listed multiple times on Billboard’s Power 100 list, co-producing movies such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Urban Cowboy, Jack Frost, and Above the Rim.

Azoff is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards. Together with his wife Shelli, they have four children named Jaye, Allison, Jeffrey, and Cameron.

In September 2013, Azoff launched “Azoff MSG Entertainment” with The Madison Square Garden Company in order to handle live events for his artists including Cardi B and Travis Scott. Shawn Holiday, previously the co-head of Columbia Records urban music division and dual role holder at Sony/ATV Music Publishing now leads Giant Music Publishing for The Azoff Company.

Personal Life

Irving Azoff has played an invaluable role in music management. He has held key roles with major entertainment companies and made an indelible mark on music biz as manager, executive at concert promoters such as Live Nation and Ticketmaster as well as record label head.

He established Front Line Management in 1974, later selling it to Ticketmaster for sale in 2008. In 2013, he established Global Music Rights Management, an enterprise dedicated to managing licensing for artists.

Azoff, known for his multifaceted showbusiness career, co-founded Oak View Group with Tim Leiweke in 2015 and currently serves as chairman of both that company and MSG Entertainment’s boards of directors. Additionally, he owns shares in Los Angeles Clippers of NBA as well as various entertainment ventures; his net worth is estimated at roughly $400 Million.

Net Worth

Irving Azoff, born in Danville, Illinois and attended University of Illinois, has amassed an estimated net worth of over $1.3 billion. As an entertainment mogul he has held positions such as concert promoter, personal manager, music publisher, film producer and record label owner – overseeing artists such as Eagles’ singer Don Henley; Jon Bon Jovi’s bass player David Bryan; film production of films “Urban Cowboy” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Giant Music is the latest venture from Azoff Company, joining Full Stop Management – one of the industry’s premier music management firms; Global Music Rights – an emerging performance rights company focused on supporting songwriters; Oak View Group – a global advisory, development and investment firm for sports and live entertainment venues; and LaneOne – a premium experience provider.

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