Strauss Zelnick
Brad Trent
United States
2021

Take-Two Interactive

Strauss
Zelnick

Chairman / CEO

Its fiscal 2021 wrapping in March, Zelnick’s collection of publishers continues to rake in exceptional earnings, with net revenue and net bookings digitally growing 23% and 27%, respectively — both records for T2. At 2K Games, 2.1 million users played “NBA 2K” daily ahead of the franchise’s newest entry in September, while publisher Private Division added a third game to its growing list of million-unit sellers ahead of its critically acclaimed “Hades” launching on PlayStation and Xbox consoles in August. But the main star is still Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto.” While its next-gen update isn’t out until 2022, “GTA V” remains a top seller, with more units sold in 2020 than any other year since its 2013 launch. A remastered collection of three older “GTA” titles released in November.

Career

  • 20th Century Studios
  • CBS Corporation (DEFUNCT)
  • Crystal Dynamics

Education

  • Wesleyan University (CT, USA)
  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Strauss Zelnick 'Entirely Committed' to Take-Two Despite New CBS Role

Strauss Zelnick 'Entirely Committed' to Take-Two Despite New CBS Role

Last month, Strauss Zelnick replaced Richard Parsons as the chairman of the CBS Corp. board of directors, but that hasn't changed his focus on Take-Two Interactive and his leadership there, he said during Take-Two's earnings call Wednesday.Zelnick said his role new role at CBS is specifically "interim and non-executive, so you have to think of it as a board seat." Zelnick became the chairman, chief executive officer of Take-Two Interactive, which owns video game development labels Rockstar Games and 2K...

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