American entrepreneur who played a pivotal role in transforming the Walt Disney Company into a multibillion-dollar empire and who, along with filmmaker Steven Spielberg and music mogul David Geffen, founded the film studio DreamWorks SKG. The CEO of Dreamworks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg, is famous for animated hits like “The Lion King” and “Shrek.
Katzenberg, Spielberg, and Geffen founded DreamWorks. With their new entertainment studio, they intended to make movies, television shows, and music albums and to produce interactive computer-based entertainment. Katzenberg’s first feature film as executive producer was the animated The Prince of Egypt (1998). DreamWorks subsequently produced such films as American Beauty (1999), Gladiator (2000), and A Beautiful Mind (2001)—all recipients of the Academy Award for best picture—and the animated Shrek (2001) and Shark Tale (2004).
In 2004 the animation arm of DreamWorks was spun off as a separate company headed by Katzenberg. Among other productions, DreamWorks Animation was responsible for Madagascar(2005) and its sequels and for the continuation of the Shrek series. Katzenberg remained a principal member of the original DreamWorks company until its sale to Paramount Pictures in 2006. Ten years later he sold DreamWorks Animation to NBC Universal, a subsidiary of Comcast, for $3.8 billion; Katzenberg reportedly received some $400 million
Net Worth: $910 million