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Volume 23 No. 13
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No. 17 — Ari Emanuel / Patrick Whitesell / Mark Shapiro

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Ari Emanuel

CEO, Endeavor

Change from 2018: -5

Patrick Whitesell

Executive Chairman, Endeavor

Change from 2018: -5

Mark Shapiro

President, Endeavor

Change from 2018: Newcomer

 

Mouths in Hollywood were agape in September when Endeavor withdrew its IPO after investors didn’t show the interest many expected. A U.S. talent agency hasn’t gone public in decades and Endeavor’s last-minute cancellation reportedly reflected industry concern over the firm’s $4.6 billion in debt. Emanuel, Whitesell and Shapiro calmed the agency’s insiders while insisting that they were “not willing to undervalue the company.”