Don Kirshner

He wasn't the snappiest dresser, nor was he the smoothest talker or even the most clever negotiator, but Don Kirshner was quite possibly one of the ten most successful and wealthiest men in the entertainment industry for much of the '60s and '70s. As the head of first Aldon Music, then Screen Gems publishing, Kirshner employed some of the best writers in the business including Carole King, Neil Diamond, and Tommy Boyce. The latter two artists played a large part in the success of another Kirshner creation, the pop group the Monkees.