Chairman and CEO
Barry Diller needs almost no introduction–he is one of the best-known executives in the U.S., straddling a number of industries, including entertainment, online and retail. Well known too for his biting wit and gimlet gaze, he has recently been embroiled in a high-profile battle for control of IAC with major investor John Malone, another well-known mogul. What's been at stake are some of the Web's most famous names, including HSN, Ticketmaster, LendingTree, Match.com, Ask.com, CitySearch and Evite. Mr. Diller was one of the first Hollywood executives to take interest in the interactive space, which made him unusual when he started focusing on the Web in the mid-1990s. Before that, he served as chairman and CEO of Fox Inc. from 1984 to 1992. Previous to that, Mr. Diller was chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures for a decade. He started off his career in television at ABC.