Debra Rathwell


Debra Rathwell is the Executive Vice President of Global Touring and Talent at AEG Presents, one of the largest producers and promoters of live tours and music events in the world. Originally from Ottawa, like Fogel she’s a powerful exec working in concerts in the U.S. who came up through Canadian promotion in the ‘80s and ‘90s. She’s already had a career full of live shows doubling as cultural events like Woodstock ‘94 and ‘99 and TV shows like America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. But the last year has been nearly as eventful. AEG Presents, its subsidiaries and partner promoters grossed $2 billion from 7,639 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore — almost twice as many as Live Nation’s 4,263. That includes the end of Elton John’s epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which lasted half a decade. “It was an honor and labor of love to spend six years of my life with Elton John and all of the members of our close-knit team,” Rathwell says. “At the time of its completion, the FYBR Tour was the highest grossing tour of all time: 330 shows, 6 million tickets sold, grossing $939 million.” And through its partner Messina Touring Group, AEG has been working with Taylor Swift on her Eras Tour — which Billboard estimates grossed $906.1 million.