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Daniel Ek

Daniel Ek

CEO, Cofounder, Spotify

When it launched in the U.S. in 2011, Swedish-born Daniel Ek's Spotify was available in six countries. Now it's in 55, and boasts 24 million active users and 6 million paying subscribers. It's paid out more than $1 billion in revenue to rights holders of the 20 million or so songs available through the streaming service.

No one wants to wait for tracks to buffer or spend hours searching through a Web site to find their favorite song.