The Gig: CEO/Founder, Translation

Author of the 2011 book The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, Stoute's most likely the man responsible for why you're hearing your rap songs on TV commercials to begin with. Linking brands like Budweiser, Coca-Cola and State Farm to acts like Jay-Z and Kanye, Translation has proven to advertisers that rap is extremely bankable. Money aside, even that other industry's heads have to recognize him: Stoute was recently named AdAge's Executive of the Year for 2013.