For over a decade, Tommy Mottola headed Sony Music, working with talents such hitmaking acts as Michael Jackson,Hall & Oates, Jennifer Lopez and Billy Joel.
In this shot from an early '90s Grammy after party in Los Angeles, Tommy Mottola is surrounded by a few famous faces including MariahCarey, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields.
Tommy Mottola helped launch the career of American Idol judge Mariah Carey in the 1990s. Mottola split from his first wife Lisa Clark in 1992 and married Carey a year later. Mottola was 20 years Carey's senior and calls the relationship "wrong and inappropriate" in his new memoir.
Jennifer Lopez is just one of many artists whose careers hit the stratosphere during Tommy Mottola's tenure with Sony Music. Several rumors swirled the two had a relationship after Mottola's split with Mariah Carey. This picture was taken at Lopez's album-release launch for On the 6 in 1999.
The King of Pop
"There was nobody around Michael who could speak the truth to him because he was writing all the checks," Tommy Mottola says of the late Michael Jackson, who referred to the former Sony Music CEO as "devilish."
Like a Rolling Stone
"[CEO of Sony Music] Doug Morris is one of my dearest friends, and I love that when I visit him, it's my old office," says Tommy Mottola, left, with Bob Dylan and Morris. "But things are different, and six months from now it won't be the Sony building anymore, so even that will change."
At the Movies
Tommy Mottola once was first in line to option the book that would become Goodfellas, but he chose not pursue a career in the movie business. "I took my shot at it a few times, but trying to get a picture made was like pushing a rock uphill," he says. "So I decided to stick with what I know." Here, Mottola (left) is pictured with Penny Marshall,Peter Max (background), Paul Herman and Robert De Niro.
Tommy Mottola dines in Acapulco with entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman, who represented many artists Mottola worked with, including JenniferLopez.