Aryeh Bourkoff
Michael Priest
United States

LionTree LLC


Chairman / CEO

Bourkoff has long been an omnipresent force in the media and telecommunications megadeals that have shaped the global digital economy. Since he and Ehren Stenzler founded the investment and merchant banking firm LionTree in 2012, it has advised on more than 220 transactions worth over $700 billion. In recent months, the company advised MGM on its $8.45 billion sale to Amazon, Apollo Funds on its $5 billion acquisition of Verizon Media, ViacomCBS on its $2.175 billion sale of Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House and AT&T on its $45 billion transaction to combine WarnerMedia and Discovery and its $1.4 billion sale of Playdemic to Electronic Arts. LionTree also has its Kindred Media division, which produces the weekly “Take a Break” newsletter and the biweekly podcast KindredCast, featuring interviews with industry leaders.


  • CIBC World Markets
  • Smith Barney


  • University of San Diego (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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