#5 Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
Netflix has become the most popular streamed video service in the world, with more than 62 million subscribers
It accounts for more than 30% of aggregated upstream/downstream US traffic in 2014. As Netflix’s founder and CEO, Hastings has played a pivotal role in the company’s ongoing disruption of the linear TV model. The company has moved into the production of original content, creating popular programmes such as House of Cards, Orange is The New Blackand Daredevil.
Hastings has said that more than 320 hours of original content will be delivered this year, 3 times more than 2014, thereby becoming an increasing threat to traditional pay TV services such as HBO. Hastings has also supervised Netflix’s ongoing forays into the international arena. In September 2014, the company expanded into an additional 6 European markets. Netflix launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, and is poised to enter the potentially lucrative Japanese market.