Chairman and CEO
Since 1991, Bobby Kotick has been running Activision, in which he bought a controlling interest when it was an insolvent video-game company in 1990. The witty Mr. Kotick has since built the company into one of the industry's largest, with net revenues of approximately $2.7 billion. That is due to some of its well-known franchises, especially its hugely popular Guitar Hero, as well as Call of Duty, Spider-Man, Shrek and the Tony Hawk series. More importantly, Activision turbocharged itself when it merged this past year with Vivendi Games, which includes Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft, one the most popular multi-player games. He is also on the board of Yahoo, which we will ask him about even if he won't comment. In addition, Mr. Kotick is a major art patron, serving as vice chairman of the board and chairman of the Committee of Trustees at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.