Business 100 – 2016

Tom Ryan/Pluto TV

Tom Ryan is the CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV, America’s leading free internet television service that partners with major networks and digital studios to deliver over 100 channels.

Prior to the founding of Pluto TV, Tom served as the senior vice president of Digital Strategy at EMI Music. He also co-founded Cductive, an early digital music retail company that he merged with eMusic.

With roots in counties Cork, Waterford, Leitrim, and Tyrone, Tom is a second-generation Irish American. Irish passport in hand, he moved to Europe for several years after graduation, and at one point toured the island with his parents to trace their roots. “It was a very important trip and one I’ll never forget,” he says. “My parents passed away when I was in my 20s. My Irish heritage is important to me for many reasons, but above all, it connects me with them.”

Tom holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Anjannette Padilla Ryan, and children, Roane, Stella, and Frankie.