Jeffrey Katzenberg Net Worth

Jeffrey Katzenberg Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Jeffrey Katzenberg net worth is
$860 Million

Jeffrey Katzenberg Wiki Biography

Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on 21 December 1950, in New York City, USA into a Jewish family, and is a businessman, film producer, studio executive, and the current Chief Executive Officer of “DreamWorks Animation”,

So just how rich is Jeffrey Katzenberg?  Authoritative sources estimate that Katzenberg has found success in the world of animated film to the tune of a net worth of over $860 million, accumulated while overseeing such instant classics of animation as the 2001 “Shrek” and its sequels, the 2005 animated comedy “Madagascar” and the wildly successful 2010 animated action-fantasy film “How to Train Your Dragon”. Katzenberg’s vision has had a huge influence on the direction of not just “DreamWorks”, but of animation in general, and this is amply reflected by his impressive net worth.

Jeffrey Katzenberg Net Worth $860 Million

Jeffrey Katzenberg has had a connection with art and business since his very early days – his mother, Anne Katzenberg, was an artist, and father Walterwas a successful stockbroker, and hence Jeffrey Katzenberg was afforded a prestigious education in the private Ivy League preparatory Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Aged only fourteen, Katzenberg would become involved with the electoral campaign of future New York mayor John Lindsay, but nothing would come of this brief dabble in politics – save, perhaps, a chance for Katzenberg to get noticed.

Jeffrey Katzenberg would go on to find employ with Paramount Pictures, where he worked his way up to being the assistant of then-Chairman Barry Diller. Katzenberg would have a hand in the 1979 revival of the “Star Trek” franchise with Robert Wise and Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, and the success of this science-fiction film had a hand in helping Katzenberg make his way to being Paramount’s President of Production. Working closely with the President of “Paramount Pictures” at the time, Michael Eisner, would lead to Jeffrey Katzenberg moving to work for “The Walt Disney Company”, when Eisner became its CEO. Katzenberg was tasked with reviving the flagging studio, and he had a hand in changing the direction of Disney’s animation department. Under Katzenberg’s oversight, “Disney” went on to release such animated classics as the 1989 “The Little Mermaid”, the 1991 “Beauty and the Beast”, and in 1994 “The Lion King” – and this string of successes went a long way in cementing Katzenberg’s reputation as one of the leading visionaries in his field, and in boosting his ever-growing net worth.

By 1994, Jeffrey Katzenberg had left “Disney” to collaborate with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen in founding the DreamWorks studio. Initially focusing on traditional animation, after several lack-lustre box office performances, Katzenberg decided that computer animated films were the way forward. Under this vision, DreamWorks Animation found such enormous success that it would become an independent associated company in 2004, releasing several high-grossing films including “Shrek” and “How to Train Your Dragon”. Under Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation has hardly had a single unprofitable quarter, and continues to be one of the world’s leading animation studios. Katzenberg continues to have an active hand in the direction his company takes,

In his personal life, Jeffrey Katzenberg lives with his wife of over 40 years, Marilyn(m. 1975). They have two children, Laura and David Katzenberg, and David is an active director and producer in television. Jeffrey has been known to use his considerable wealth to further various causes, including a multi-million donation to Boston University and being a trustee of the “AIDS Project Los Angeles”.

Full NameJeffrey Katzenberg
Net Worth$860 Million
Date Of BirthDecember 21, 1950
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
ProfessionFilm Producer, Television producer, Businessperson
EducationEthical Culture Fieldston School, New York University
SpouseMarilyn Katzenberg (m. 1975)
ChildrenDavid Katzenberg, Laura Katzenberg
ParentsAnne Katzenberg, Walter Katzenberg
NicknamesJeffrey Katzenberg - Deux Ex Machina Hand of God , Squirt
AwardsPGA Milestone Award, Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
MoviesShrek 4-D, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shrek, The Road to El Dorado
TV ShowsFather of the Pride
1If you asked 100 people to list 100 words to describe me, not one of them would have 'patient' written down. The irony is that the medium I find myself in love with and devoted to takes infinite patience.
2[on how he got a reluctant Leonard Nimoy to reprise his role as Mr. Spock for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"] "All I remember is being in a resturant in New York with Leonard, and begging on my hands and knees. It worked."
3Of this much I'm certain: If you write a good script with a great premise, you'll have a big hit. If you write a bad script with a great premise you'll still make money. But if you write a great script with a bad premise, success is not likely.
1Partner in DreamWorks SKG [1998]
2In 2006, he and his wife Marilyn donated $1.25 million to Boston University to renovate facilities.
32007 - Ranked #22 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
4Father of David Katzenberg.
5After his resignation from Disney in 1994, he partnered up with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen (SKG) to create their own studio: Dreamworks.
6Ordered several scenes of The Black Cauldron (1985) to be cut due to their violent and scary nature.
7Ranked #12 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list along with DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. They had ranked #12 in 2005 as well.
8Back in 1978, he was working for Paramount Pictures and was given the daunting task of bringing the Star Trek franchise back after a decade long "sleep". Eventually, the movie was complete, and is now "Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)".


Shrek 5executive producer announced
Neighbors from Hell2010TV Series executive producer - 5 episodes
The Contender2006-2009TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
The Contender Asia2008TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
The Contender Rematch: Mora vs. Manfredo2005TV Movie executive producer
Shark Tale2004executive producer
Father of the Pride2004TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Shrek 22004executive producer
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas2003producer
Shrek 4-D2003Short producer
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron2002producer
Joseph: King of Dreams2000Video executive producer
Chicken Run2000executive producer
The Road to El Dorado2000executive producer
The Prince of Egypt1998executive producer


Father of the Pride2004-2005TV Series creator - 14 episodes

Production Manager

Shrek the Third2007executive in charge of production
The Nightmare Before Christmas1993executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios - uncredited
Who Framed Roger Rabbit1988executive in charge of production: Walt Disney Studios - uncredited


The Road to El Dorado2000uncredited


Madagascar2005Rico (voice, uncredited)

Animation Department

Arthur 3: la guerre des deux mondes2010animation director


The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998Documentary funding generously provided by


The 17th Annual Animation Show of Shows2015Video very special thanks
Chaos on the Bridge2014TV Movie documentary thanks
Born & Raised2012special thanks
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics2009TV Movie documentary special thanks
Bee Movie2007special thanks - as Jeffrey Katzenberg - Deux Ex Machina Hand of God
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit2005thanks
Undying2001Video Game special thanks
BoomBots1999Video Game thanks - as Jeffrey
Medal of Honor1999Video Game special thanks
T'ai Fu: Wrath of the Tiger1999Video Game thanks
Trespasser1998Video Game special thanks
Skullmonkeys1998Video Game thanks - as Jeffrey
Dilbert's Desktop Games1997Video Game thanks
Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant1997Video Game thanks
Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland1996Video Game special thanks
Someone's in the Kitchen!1996Video Game special thanks
The Neverhood1996Video Game special thanks - as Jeffrey
Aladdin1993/IVideo Game special thanks
Hocus Pocus1993special thanks


For the Love of Spock2016DocumentaryHimself
A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - CEO of DreamWorks Animation
Chaos on the Bridge2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2014TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2013TV SeriesHimself - At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Tony Baxter: 45 Years of Imagination2013Documentary
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only2012TV MovieHimself
IC Places Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Shrek: Once Upon a Time2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Brian May's Brief History of 3D2011DocumentaryHimself
The Big Picture2011TV SeriesHimself
Hans Zimmer - Der Sound für Hollywood2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Click Online2011TV Series documentaryHimself - CEO, Dreamworks Animation
Bloomberg Game Changers2010TV Series documentaryHimself - CEO, DreamWorks Animation SKG
Charlie Rose2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2010TV Series
The Colbert Report2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Modern Monster Movie-making: The Making of 'Monsters vs Aliens'2009Video documentary shortHimself
Square Roots: The Story of SpongeBob SquarePants2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2000-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Rencontres de cinéma2008TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Tech of Shrek the Third2007Video documentary shortHimself
Shootout2007TV SeriesHimself
A Tribute to Peter Bart: Newhouse Mirror Award2007ShortHimself
The Tech of 'Over the Hedge'2006Video documentary shortHimself
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'2006Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
'T4' Goes 'Over the Hedge'2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Apprentice2006TV SeriesHimself
The Enchanted Island of Madagascar2005Video documentary shortHimself
A Fishified World2005Video documentary shortHimself
2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2005VideoHimself - Sam Mendes Tribute
100 Greatest Cartoons2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Star Fish of 'Shark Tale'2005Video documentary shortHimself
The Tech of Shrek 22004Video documentary shortHimself
Film '722004TV SeriesHimself
Shark Tale: Gettin' Fishy with It2004TV MovieHimself
GMTV2004TV SeriesHimself
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones2004TV SeriesHimself
Heroes... Twenty Years with AIDS Project Los Angeles2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas'2003Video documentary shortHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro2003TV MovieHimself
The 14th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute2002TV SpecialHimself
Pop-komissio2001TV SeriesHimself
Creating a Fairy Tale World: The Making of 'Shrek'2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Omnibus2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Poultry in Motion: The Making of 'Chicken Run'2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Hatching of 'Chicken Run'2000TV Short documentaryHimself
Musik im Spiegel der Gefühle1998TV MovieHimself (as Jeffery Katzenberg)
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Your Studio and You1995ShortHimself (uncredited)
In Ismail's Custody1994Video documentaryChairman Walt Disney Studios
The Making of 'The Lion King'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Lion King: A Musical Journey with Elton John1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Troldspejlet1993TV SeriesHimself - Managing Director
Dick Tracy: Behind the Badge, Behind the Scenes1990TV Movie documentary
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The South Bank Show1988TV Series documentaryHimself - Vice Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios

Archive Footage

Vlogbrothers2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Today2012TV SeriesHimself
Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project2011DocumentaryHimself
Waking Sleeping Beauty2009DocumentaryHimself

Won Awards

2014Harold Lloyd Award3D Creative Arts Awards
2013Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardAcademy Awards, USA
2012Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers AwardCinemaCon, USAPioneer of the Year
2010Winsor McCay AwardAnnie Awards
2009Visionary AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
2005Milestone AwardPGA Awards
2003Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
2002Tex Avery Animation AwardHollywood Film Awards
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Animated PictureShrek (2001)
2001BAFTA Children's AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Feature FilmShrek (2001)
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Animated Video PremiereJoseph: King of Dreams (2000)

Nominated Awards

2003OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Animated FeatureSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Animated PictureSpirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)
2002BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmShrek (2001)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearShrek (2001)
2002Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsFilmShrek (2001)
2002HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationShrek (2001)
2002PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesShrek (2001)

Known for movies

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