Bob Iger is an American media executive, film producer, author, and businessman. He is the Executive Chairman and former CEO of The Walt Disney Company. He served as the CEO of Disney from 2005 to February 2020. He held various positions at Disney before becoming its CEO. He is considered one of the most successful CEOs in the corporate world. Bob Chapek succeeded him as Disney’s CEO. Prior to joining Disney, he worked on ABC Television and Capital Cities/ABC, Inc.
What is Bob Iger Famous For?
- Served as the CEO of Disney from 2005 to 2020.
Where was Bob Iger Born?
Bob Iger was born on 10 February 1951. His birth name is Robert Allen Iger. His birth place is in New York City in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He grew up in Oceanside, New York. His parents were Jewish. He was born to a father, Arthur L. Iger, and a mother, Mimi Tunick. His paternal grandfather is Joe Iger.
He attended the Fulton Avenue School. He later attended the Oceanside High School. After high school, he attended the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Radio in 1973.
Bob Iger Career Timeline
Iger began his media career in 1972. He worked as the host of Campus Probe, an Ithaca College television show.
He then worked as a weatherman in Ithaca for five months.
Iger joined the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in 1974. He worked as menial labor on television sets.
He became the head of ABC entertainment in 1989.
He served as the president of the ABC Network Television Group from January 1993 to 1994.
He became the senior vice president of Capital Cities/ABC in March 1993.
He became its executive vice president in July 1993.
He became the president and chief operating officer of ABC’s corporate parent, Capital Cities/ABC in 1994.
Walt Disney purchased Capital Cities/ABC in 1996. It was renamed ABC, Inc.
Iger remained its president until 1999.
He became the president of Walt Disney International in February 1999. The business unit oversees Disney’s international operations, as well as chairman of the ABC Group.
He then became the president and COO on 24 January 2000.
Iger replaced Michael Eisner in March 2005 to become the new CEO of the Disney Empire.
Disney acquired Pixar for $7.4 billion under Iger’s leadership in January 2006.
Iger re-acquired the rights to Walt Disney’s first star, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit from NBCUniversal.
Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment and its associated assets for $4 billion in August 2009.
Apple, Inc. named Iger to its board of directors in November 2011.
Iger became the chairman of the board in March 2012.
Iger purchased Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4 billion in October 2012. Disney also acquired the rights to the Star Wars multimedia franchise and Indiana Jones.
Under Iger’s leadership, Disney opened a $5.5 billion Shanghai Disney Resort in 2016.
Disney extended Iger’s contract until July 2019. His contract would expire in June 2018.
Disney extended Iger’s contract through 2021 in December 2017.
Disney purchased Fox assets in March 2019. They bought 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion.
Iger resigned from Apple’s board of directors in September 2019.
He released a memoir, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company in September 2019.
Iger stepped down from Disney’s CEO on 25 February. Bob Chapek was named the new CEO of the company.
What Honors has Bob Iger received?
2012 Ambassador for Humanity Award.
2014 The Milestone Award by Producers Guild of America (PGA).
2015 25th Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductee.
2015 Toy Industry Hall of Fame inductee by Toy Industry Association.
Time’s 2019 Business Person of the Year.
Who is Bob Iger married to?
Bob Iger is a married man. He is married to Willow Bay. Bay is a television journalist, editor, author, and former model. The couple tied a knot to each other in 1995. He was previously married to Kathleen Susan.
He has 4 children, 2 born with his first wife, Kathleen, and 2 with his second wife, Willow Bay.
What is Bob Iger Net Worth?
During his early career, his first job performing menial labor earned him $150 per week. Through his hard work and dedication, he reached the top-level position in Disney, its CEO. He is considered one of the most successful CEOs in the corporate world. His net worth is estimated at $690 million.