Brian L. Roberts
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United States

Comcast Corporation


Chairman / CEO

Destined to be a media mogul, Roberts became CEO of Comcast in 2003, taking over from co-founder dad Ralph Roberts and turning it into a media empire. His zeal to grow the company was demonstrated by his aggressive 11th-hour counteroffer against Disney for 21st Century Fox assets, losing in the end but driving up the price for his rival. Now he’s locked in battle over Sky, the U.K. satellite platform Disney also hopes to acquire as part of the Fox transaction. Under Roberts, Comcast has grown through acquisitions of cable systems and content assets — AT&T Broadband in 2001, NBCUniversal in 2011 and DreamWorks Animation in 2016. Since he was named president in 1990, annual revenues soared from $657 million to $80 billion in 2016.


  • DreamWorks Animation SKG
  • Comcast Corporation
  • NBCUniversal


  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Brian Roberts: No Pressure on Comcast, NBCUniversal to Pursue M&A

Brian Roberts: No Pressure on Comcast, NBCUniversal to Pursue M&A

Comcast and NBCUniversal are "playing offense" when it comes to M&A opportunities, Comcast chairman-CEO Brian Roberts told investors Wednesday.Neither the cable distribution side nor the content arm of Comcast are under pressure to find a transformational transaction, Roberts said.The Comcast chief barely referenced the company's recent pursuit of 21st Century Fox assets, or its pending bid for Sky. But he told the crowd at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference in New York that Comcast's interest in M&A doesn't mean that it...


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