As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, our beloved chairwoman, Ms. Cathy Hughes, was named one of Hip-Hop’s greatest executives of all time by Variety. The storied career of Ms. Hughes is one of inspiration and triumph that resonates throughout the industry. We are excited for her to be honored and grateful to be a part of her journey.
This 50-person list honors individuals who helped shape the hip-hop business while marking five decades of the genre. Variety editors collaborated with the Black Music Action Coalition to produce the list, which included a write-in option.
In 1980, Hughes established Urban One (originally known as Radio One). Today, it is the largest Black-owned and -operated radio and television broadcast corporation in the United States, with over 50 local and syndicated radio stations in 13 markets, a television network [TV One], and several digital brands reaching more than 100 million people. She also became the first Black woman to lead a firm listed on the NASDAQ in 1999, and has been ranked as the second-richest Black woman in the US, after Oprah Winfrey.
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