Irving Azoff Net Worth
Irving Azoff Net Worth: Irving Azoff is an American music business personal manager who has a net worth of $300 million. Irving Azoff was born December 12, 1947. His music industry credits include representing such music megastars as Christina Aguilera, Joe Walsh, Van Halen, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Steely Dan, Chelsea Handler and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. Nicknamed the "poison dwarf," a commentary on both his size and demeanor, former artist manager and label head Irving Azoff rose to the top of the music industry in the '80s, becoming head of MCA records. A one-time protege of David Geffen, Azoff began his career by setting up Front Line Management in the mid-'70s. Azoff developed a reputation for being a tyrant when dealing with record companies and Front Line eventually became the most powerful management firm in rock history, counting Boz Skaggs, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Jackson Browne and the Eagles (bequeathed to Azoff by Geffen) among its clients. In 1983, Azoff followed Geffen's lead by becoming head of a major label—the floundering MCA label. Within a year the crafty executive turned the label from near bankruptcy into a moneymaker through deals such as the acquisition of the distribution rights for Motown and the signing of multi-platinum teen star Tiffany. Azoff resigned from MCA in 1989 to form his own label, Giant, which had early success with Color Me Bad and the New Jack City soundtrack. In 1994 Azoff orchestrated the wildly successful Eagles reunion album and subsequent tour, proving he still had the instincts to keep him on top. Barney Hoskyns, in his book Hotel California about the late '60s and '70s Southern California rock scene, wrote that singer-songwriter Randy Newman's song "Short People" was directed at Azoff, whose height is 5′ 3″; that Azoff had aggressively pursued Newman for Azoff's Front Line management company and that Azoff was known in the music industry as the "Poison Dwarf".