Lucian Grainge, CBE

Chairman and CEO Universal Music Group

Lucian Grainge is chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group and is widely acknowledged as the most influential Briton in the worldwide music business. He began his career after leaving grammar school and landing a job as a runner at MPC, a talent scout company, and has been in music all his working life. He has played an integral role in the careers of many top artists such as ABBA, U2, Amy Winehouse and Andrea Bocelli. He is an assiduous advocate for the recorded music business and in 2012 oversaw UMG’s $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI’s recorded-music assets. He serves on the Vivendi management board and is a UK business ambassador.

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