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RAPINO Michael
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RAPINO Michael

RAPINO
Michael

President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment

Organization: Live Nation Entertainment

Profession: President

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Biography

Michael Rapino is a Canadian-American business executive and the Chief Executive Officer and President of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc, which was formed in 2010 following the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

In the late 1990s, Rapino co-founded Core Audience Entertainment, a concert promoting company, and later held several roles at Clear Channel Entertainment. He was named CEO of Live Nation in 2005.

Career

While at Lakehead, Rapino landed a job as a beer rep for Labatt Breweries and started promoting bands at local bars, arranging a weekly ad in The Argus (Thunder Bay) called "The Blue Zone" that featured live music events happening in Thunder Bay that upcoming weekend. After graduation, he moved to Toronto and continued his career as a sales representative for Labatt. He remained at the company for 10 years in different marketing and entertainment roles. In the late 1990s Rapino founded Core Audience Entertainment, a concert promotion company that operated in Canada. Core Audience Entertainment was acquired by SFX Entertainment in 1999, which was in turn acquired by Clear Channel Communications in 2000. Rapino held several roles at Clear Channel Entertainment. He was later named CEO of Live Nation when it was spun off from Clear Channel in 2005.

Live Nation

As the CEO of Live Nation, Rapino initially focused on expanding the business outside of tour management, including artists’ recording and marketing. Between 2007 and 2010, Rapino announced deals with artists such as Madonna, U2, and Jay-Z. In 2016, Rapino announced a deal between Lady Gaga and Live Nation's management division.

In 2010, Live Nation merged with Ticketmaster, a live entertainment ticket seller. Rapino was named CEO of the new parent company, Live Nation Entertainment. Prior to the merger's approval by the U.S. Justice Department, Rapino and then-Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff testified in front of a Senate antitrust panel. They argued that the merger was necessary to reduce inefficiencies and help the music industry, which was struggling financially at the time.

Rapino has led the company in acquiring several festivals and companies, including House of Blues Entertainment in 2006, Bonnaroo Festival in 2015, and Blue Note Entertainment in 2017. Rapino earned $70.6 million in 2017 and was reported to have one of the highest discrepancies in salary between CEO and his employees who earned an average of $24,000. Also in 2017, he extended his contract with Live Nation through 2022. Rapino was appointed to the SiriusXM Radio board of directors in January 2018. Also in 2018, he was listed as #1 on the Billboard Power 100 list of influential people in the music industry.

Rapino, in response to complaints about ticket prices, and a call for greater regulation and control and ticket prices from cure frontman Robert Smith, recently recommended that ticket prices should be like "buying a Gucci bag" stating that the average consumer could afford to buy such a luxury "once or twice a year" 

Rapino began producing films in 2015. In 2018, he served as an executive producer on the HBO documentary “Believer,”  and “A Star is Born”.

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