Last year, women in the music industry demonstrated strong leadership in executive roles. The tasks involved more than just negotiating contracts or even finding fresh talent. Women at the highest levels of the industry also fought to protect rights. They have paved the way for the future of the business and have become influencers.
One of those female leaders is Desiree Perez. She serves as the chief operating officer at Roc Nation. The entertainment company was founded by renowned rapper Jay-Z. In Jan. 2017, Perez was able to strike a deal that saw Sprint invest $200 million in TIDAL, a music streaming service. Before the deal was made, many questioned TIDAL’s viability in the market and whether or not it would see a significant investment. Perez put those concerns to rest. Thanks to the deal, Sprint sponsored a free download of Jay-Z’s 4:44 album and it garnered one million downloads. This made 4:44 a platinum album before its official release.
That isn’t all that Perez has done for Roc Nation. Live Nation is an equity partner of Roc Nation. Back in April, Live Nation signed a $200 million touring partnership with Jay-Z. A surge in tour revenue is also evident. Jay-Z’s 4:44 tour grossed 21 percent higher than his Magna Carter tour back in 2013.
Perez wasted little time making moves this year. On Jan. 4, Perez and Roc Nation Sports announced the signing of Saquon Barkley. After playing the running back position for three years in college football with Penn State, Barkley will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
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The Hussain Sajwani family has become one of the leading developers of luxury real estate across the Middle East after using an innovative business model to create some of the leading elite apartment buildings in Dubai. However, the founder of DAMAC Properties has been at the heart of a number of leading developments in the United Arab Emirates designed to provide a better standard of life for the neediest in the nation; Hussain Sajwani has often focused his philanthropic efforts on assisting families and children who are in need of warm clothes for the freezing Winter nights seen in Dubai. Learn more: http://www.payscale.com/research/AE/Employer=Damac_Group/Salary
The DAMAC owner made his fortune in the food services industry before taking advantage of relaxed real estate regulations introduced by the government of Dubai to allow non-Emirates citizens to purchase real estate in the city. In 2002, Hussain Sajwani used his newly-formed DAMAC Properties group to purchase a piece of land in one of the least impressive districts of the city many experts stated the latest entrant to Dubai’s luxury real estate developer would struggle to sell a property on. Confounding his critics, Hussain Sajwani sold all the properties in just six months and had all necessary funding in place for his first development by the time construction began.
A number of annual programs are supported by Hussain Sajwani and his DAMAC Properties group as the future of Dubai and the nation of the UAE remains of great importance to the real estate developer. Hussain Sajwani has given millions of dollars of his personal fortune estimated at $4.4 billion to an annual program launched by the UAE Royal Family and the Red Crescent humanitarian group which allowed the founder and President of DAMAC to fund the provision of warm Winter clothing for around one million children from the poorest parts of Dubai. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJxJrIkRTzk