Michael Eisner Net Worth

Michael Eisner Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Michael Eisner net worth is
$1 Billion

Michael Eisner Wiki Biography

Michael Dammann Eisner was born on 7 March 1942, in the town of Mount Kisco, New York State USA, into a Jewish family reaching back to Germany, and is one of the biggest names in the film industry, built on his two decade stint as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of The Walt Disney Company; the billionaire film industry mogul is often credited with bringing “Disney” back from the brink of financial disaster and transforming it into one of the world’s most successful studios.

So just how rich is Michael Eisner? Authoritative sources have estimated that Michael has a net worth of over $1 billion as of mid-2016, much of it accumulated during his aforementioned time with “Disney” from 1984-2005.

Over the course of his career, Michael Eisner has proven himself time and again to be among the film industry’s most capable and competent businessmen and CEOs, and that is exactly why Eisner has managed to walk away from his time inwith a staggering net worth of over a billion dollars.

Michael Eisner Net Worth $1 Billion

Michael Eisner was raised in Manhattan’s Park Avenue,  the son of two successful professionals – Eisner’s mother, Margaret, was president of the Irvington Institute hospital, while his father Lester Eisner Jr. worked as a bureaucrat in the US Federal Government. The Eisner family had a long tradition of success in business, and Michael Eisner looked set to follow in their footsteps. In his youth, Eisner attended one of the oldest American summer camps – the Keewaydin Canoe Camp in Vermont, Canada. The film industry magnate has often been quoted attributing his drive for success to the time he spent here. He was educated at The Lawrenceville School,  and then   Denison University from where he graduated in 1964 with a BA in English.

Whatever the case, Michael Eisner’s career would have an auspicious start. Working for a time in various American broadcasting networks, Eisner came to the notice of fellow businessman and film industry legend Barry Diller, who invited Michael Eisner to work with him for the television broadcaster ABC – and Eisner must have made the right impression, because when Diller left ABC to become the Chairman of the film studio and distributor Paramount Pictures Corporation, he extended an offer for Eisner to become the CEO of Paramount’s studio branch. Eisner’s time in Paramount Pictures yielded a host of commercially successful films, including the science fiction franchise “Star Trek”, and the 1981 adventure film “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” – successes that have certainly contributed a lot to Eisner’s net worth. It was during his work in “Paramount” that Eisner first met another future film industry heavy-hitter, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

In 1984, with Barry Diller departed from Paramount Pictures and the position of studio chief passed on to another, Michael Eisner left Paramount to become the CEO and Chairman of the Board for The Walt Disney Company. These would be Eisner’s most successful years, and in the two decades to follow, “Disney” recovered from its earlier slump to become a world-famous film studio and company, releasing such classic animated films as the 1989 “The Little Mermaid”. By the time Eisner left “Disney” in 2005, his net worth had already increased massively, and his name was well known in the film business.

In 2007, Eisner’ launched a studio, Vuguru through his investment firm, The Tornante Company, which produces and distributes videos for the Internet, portable media devices and cell phones.

Later the same year, Eisner joinedwith Madison Dearborn Partners to acquire the bubble-gum and collectibles firm, Topps Company,  and produced a mockumentary style show about his takeover of the Topps Company, called “Back on Topps.”

Of late, Eisner has moved on to host and produce his own talk show on CNBC, “Conversations with Michael Eisner”. No doubt his net worth is still rising.

Reflecting his influence on the world of entertainment, Michael was rewarded with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008, and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012.

In his personal life, Michael Eisner lives with his wife, Jane Breckenridge(m. 1967); they have three sons.

Full NameMichael Eisner
Net Worth$1 Billion
Date Of BirthMarch 7, 1942
Place Of BirthMount Kisco, New York, United States
Height1.91 m
ProfessionBusinessperson, Film Producer
EducationDenison University, Lawrenceville School
SpouseJane Breckenridge (m. 1967)
ChildrenEric Eisner, Breck Eisner, Anders Eisner
ParentsMargaret Dammann, Lester Eisner, Jr.
SiblingsMargot Freedman
NicknamesMichael D. Eisner , Michael Dammann Eisner
MoviesSoarin' Over California
TV ShowsGlenn Martin, DDS, Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, The Wuzzles, Conversations with Michael Eisner, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Wonderful World of Disney (1997)
1Success is not a formula, but is based on everything else - the creativity, the right people, the right team.
2[on what he would most like to be remembered for at Disney, in a Newsweek interview] Not screwing it up.
1Developed Nick at Nite show "Glenn Martin DDS". [August 2009]
2Facing the biggest challenge during his time at Disney as he faces calls for his resignation by Roy Edward Disney and Stanley Gold (former Disney executives) and Walt Disney Co. faces a takeover bid from Comcast, Inc. [February 2004]
3Won a lawsuit brought by the Disney shareholders over the compensation package of fired executive Michael Ovitz. Even though the judge ruled that Eisner did not owe the Disney shareholders any money, the judge ruled that Eisner often put his own interests over that of his company. [August 2005]
4Graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
5While he was an executive at Paramount, he said the best script he ever read was Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
6Underwent open heart surgery in 1996.
7After receiving an unprecedented rebuke from shareholders in 2004 with 43% of shares being withheld for his re-election, he stepped down as the Chairman of the Board, and continued to hold the position of CEO.
8President and COO of Paramount Pictures (1976-1984).
9Has been criticized in recent times for having a fractious style of management which has led to a string of top executives leaving the company.
10He was heavily criticized for building a Board of Directors which was filled with friends and supporters who did not effectively balance his own influence in the boardroom. Reforms that were made under pressure brought in renowned diplomat and negotiator Senator George Mitchell, but also removed the harshest critic of Eisner in the boardroom - Roy Edward Disney.
11Under his leadership, Disney was transformed from a film studio and theme park company to one of the largest media powerhouses in the world. The company's market capitalization grew from $2 billion in 1984 to $61 billion in 2001. The company is now worth $50 billion.
12CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Co. (1984-2005).
13When Barry Diller brought Eisner to Paramount in 1976, the company was firmly in sixth place (out of six) in the movie industry, without a single release in the box-office top ten. Two years later, half of the top box-office were Paramount productions, and Paramount was the top movie studio.
14As a top programming executive at ABC in the 1970s, he was instrumental in taking the network from its usual third place to the top through programming like Happy Days (1974).
15Worked his way up from an mid-level manager to the VP of Prime Time Production at ABC (1966-1976).
16When dissatisfied with his work at NBC, he mailed out hundreds of resumés to further his career. He received just one response - from Barry Diller at ABC.
17His favorite film is Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro (1988). The film became Disney property in 2004; it was previously owned by Fox and Troma.
18Began with a minor position at NBC, then moved to ABC, Paramount, then to Walt Disney.
19He wrote his autobiography, a second book about his summer camp and was the subject of two other books, "The Keys to the Kingdom" and "Disney War".
20In the early 1990s, after he cashed out some of the options he enjoyed which were tied to the performance of the Walt Disney Co., he walked away with over $100 million in cash.
21When the Walt Disney Company bought ABC, Eisner controlled the network that gave him his start as a young executive.
22Son, Joe Eisner, currently attending UC Berkeley.
23Father of Breck Eisner and Eric Eisner.


Prom Queen2007-2012TV Series executive producer - 33 episodes
Circling the Drain2011TV Movie executive producer
Glenn Martin DDS2009-2011TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
Foreign Body2008TV Series executive producer - 2008
Conversations with Michael Eisner2006TV Series producer
Schoolhouse Rock!1973TV Series creative producer - uncredited


Glenn Martin DDSTV Series creator - 10 episodes, 2009 developer - 10 episodes, 2009


Michael & Mickey1991


Our Country USA to Z2007Video short special thanks
Gangs of New York2002special thanks
Tale as Old as Time: The Making of 'Beauty and the Beast'2002Video documentary thanks - as Michael D. Eisner
The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story1999Documentary thanks


Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary Celebration1991TV SpecialHimself
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
20/20: Beauty and the Beast1990TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Michael Dammann Eisner)
The 1st Annual American Teacher Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Jungle Book Reunion1990TV MovieHimself
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special1990TV MovieHimself - Host
The 14th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1987-1990TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Journey to Under the Sea: The Making of Disney's the Little Mermaid1989TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Magical World of Disney1988TV SpecialHimself - Host
The South Bank Show1988TV Series documentaryHimself - Chairman, The Walt Disney Company
Mickey's 60th Birthday1988TV MovieHimself
The Making of 'Captain Eo'1986TV Special documentaryHimself
In Their Own Words2015TV SeriesHimself
Tony Baxter: 45 Years of Imagination2013Documentary
Conversations with Michael Eisner2008TV SeriesHimself - Host
Disneyland: Secrets, Stories, & Magic2007Video documentaryHimself - Former CEO, The Walt Disney Company
The Pixar Story2007DocumentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1998-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Guest Host / Himself
American Masters2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
Broadway: The American Musical2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Michael Moore Hates America2004DocumentaryHimself - Chief Executive, The Walt Disney Corporation
ABC News Nightline2004TV SeriesHimself
Tale as Old as Time: The Making of 'Beauty and the Beast'2002Video documentaryHimself - Chairman / CEO, The Walt Disney Company (as Michael D. Eisner)
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Soarin'2001Documentary shortGolfer (uncredited)
Disney's California Adventure TV Special2001TV SpecialHimself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself
The Wonderful World of Disney1997TV SeriesHimself - Host
Larry King Live1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland1995TV Special documentaryHimself - Head of the Walt Disney Company (uncredited)
Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical Comes to L.A.1995TV MovieHimself
The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 10th TV Academy Hall of Fame1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Goes to Broadway: Backstage1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Grand Opening of Euro Disney1992TV Special documentaryHimself
The Dream Is Alive: 20th Anniversary Celebration of Walt Disney World1991TV MovieHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Some Jerk with a Camera2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Waking Sleeping Beauty2009DocumentaryHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - 'Patriot' (segment "Pinheads & Patriots")
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'2006Video documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels2001TV Series documentaryHimself

Won Awards

2008Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 25 April. At 6843 Hollywood Boulevard.

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