Live Nation (LYV)
2008 Total compensation*: $1.57 million
Music was in Garner's blood: He started promoting concerts in high school, booking bands at a flea market in largely Hispanic San Jose. Along the way, the Metallica fan became well-known as Northern California's leading promoter of Spanish language music.
In 2003 he joined Live Nation as the lead booker for its Latin division, Vivelo, and now oversees the company's worldwide concert promotions and serves as second-in-command to CEO Michael Rapino. In the dicey economy, he's tried tactics like offering $20 lawn tickets and waiving $10 service fees on Wednesdays to woo fans.
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