2023 Impact 50 Index Page

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It was the best of times, it was the best of times.
Welcome to Pollstar’s 2023 Impact 50 issue. With the touring industry in the midst of what many are calling the busiest time ever, we are thrilled to shine a light on 50 live entertainment executives who are playing impactful roles in driving these exciting times – arguably, the best of times, especially if ticket sales and dollars generated are the metric of choice. Live events are running at full throttle, which means Pollstar data is a critical tool in evaluating success. Charting ticket sales – the ultimate barometer of fan passion – is what we do. But, as the capsules on the Impact 50 honorees aptly illustrate, true leadership transcends numbers. READ MORE: Letter From Ray Waddell

2023 Impact 50 Cover Honoree
James Dolan

Executive Chairman & CEO
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

Sphere Entertainment Co.



Executives who see things before others do


Executives making moves that change the way others operate and challenge the status quo.


Executives who are out there making important decisions that impact markets, artists,
shows, tours and companies


Executives playing critical roles in building sustainable careers and companies.


Executives behind the ideas that disrupt the industry in positive ways.


Executives making trailblazing moves to keep careers, companies, shows & the business rolling


Executives who are doing exciting things in fan engagement


Executives who have a concept and vision and turn it into a brilliant show or event


Executives whose expertise, influence, track record and success command respect and make things happen