- Son of a Brooklyn longshoreman.
- Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Records.
- Started in the music biz as a recording engineer in the 1970s with such artists as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Meat Loaf.
- Produced Patti Smith's classic 1978 album Easter and went on to helm albums by Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bob Seger, Dire Straits, U2 and the Pretenders.
- Founded Interscope Records in 1989.
- Partnered with Death Row Records to release albums by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
- Introduced Dr. Dre to an unsigned rapper named Eminem.
- Oversaw Interscope's work with No Doubt, Limp Bizkit and Nine Inch Nails, among others.