- CompanyWalt Disney Co.
- TitleChairman and CEO
In October, Walt Disney announced it would keep Bob Iger in the top job through 2018, two years later than planned. Under the former weatherman’s leadership, Disney has delivered a total shareholder return of over 300%. Iger has ushered in a resurgence of creativity at the media company, successfully integrated acquisitions like Pixar, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm, and made bold bets on technologies like digital distribution. While its media networks division (which includes ABC and ESPN) is still Disney’s biggest moneymaker, its smaller film business helped rake in a record $48.8 billion in total revenue in fiscal 2014, up 8% from the year before. Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film in history, will most likely continue to make a mint via merchandise and international expansion—it was the biggest contributor to the $7.3 billion in revenue made by the company’s film division in fiscal 2014, up 22% from the year before. And other projects are in the works, including a fourth Toy Story movie, the next installment in the Star Wars series, a total of 11 Marvel films, and the opening of Disney’s first theme park in China. —Michal Lev-Ram