Reed Hastings
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United States



Founder / CEO

While traditional studios saw revenues plummet during COVID’s theater closings, Hastings benefited from shelter-in-place orders that spiked Netflix subscriptions, at least temporarily muting concerns about the streaming giant’s debt load. He picked a good time to raise his profile with his book “No Rules Rule,” revealing the distinctive corporate culture he so assiduously cultivated. He also welcomed longtime lieutenant Ted Sarandos as his co-CEO in 2020. In the meantime, Hastings is sharing his good fortune, personally donating $30 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and $120 million to fund scholarships at historically Black colleges, while Netflix pledged $150 million to industry workers out of work due to COVID.


  • Netflix


  • Stanford University (CA, USA)
  • Bowdoin College (ME, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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