Irving Azoff is an American entrepreneur and personal music business manager with a net worth of $400 million. He has worked with many well-known musicians in his career and has represented them as their manager. He has a very impressive list of clients that include Christina Aguilera, Joe Walsh, Van Halen, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Steely Dan, Chelsea Handler and Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac.
He started out his career by promoting and booking local bands while in high school, which is where he developed his talent for the business. He then enrolled in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to further his education. He eventually became a professional music business executive and began his own management company in the mid-70s. This was Front Line Management, which quickly grew into one of the most powerful firms in the industry and had names like Jackson Browne, Hearth and Stevie Nicks among its clientele.
Azoff also followed in the footsteps of David Geffen and became the head of a major label, this time it was MCA Records. He stayed there for six years and turned the struggling label into a money maker. He later resigned from MCA to found Giant Records, which enjoyed early success with the Color Me Badd and New Jack City albums.
Azoff has a very active presence in the world of movies, having co-produced the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He has also made appearances in documentaries such as 'Artifact', which focused on the legal battle between EMI and the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. In 2015 he formed the performance rights organization Global Music Rights along with Tim Leiweke, and also launched Azoff MSG Entertainment.