Jason Flom

The former CEO of the Capitol Music Group, Flom is the man who brought you Kid Rock and snaggletoothed Alaskan chanteuse Jewel. These days, he's focusing on his Lava Records imprint, home to the likes of Jessie J.

The son of high-flying M&A attorney Joe Flom, Jason grew up in Manhattan, played in two rock bands as a teenager, and skipped college in favor of the music business, joining Atlantic Records in 1979 as a field merchandiser. A protégé of Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun, by the 1980s Flom was ensconced in the label's A&R department, where he worked with rock bands like Twisted Sister and Skid Row. Flom later took over Atlantic's A&R department, earning mega-success in the 1990s with artists like Jewel, Hootie & the Blowfish, Collective Soul, Tori Amos, and Stone Temple Pilots. He later ventured off to create the Atlantic imprint Lava Records, where he made his biggest mark (or mistake) when he discovered a long-haired white MC from Detroit and turned him into Kid Rock.

Flom eventually sold his share in Lava to Atlantic's parent company, Warner Music, for a reported $50 million; following the purchase of Warner Music by EEdgar Bronfman Jr. in 2004, Flom was named president of Atlantic, reporting to Lyor Cohen. But less than a year later, Flom was unceremoniously sacked by Cohen. But Flom didn't remain unemployed for long. In 2005, he was named CEO of Virgin Records. After the label was folded in with Capitol Records in 2007, Flom was elevated to CEO of the Capitol Records Group, replacing Andy Slater. After working with Coldplay and personally signing Katy Perry, he reclaimed his Lava Records imprint, which has seen success with Jessie J and Black Veil Brides. [Image via Getty]