Strauss Zelnick
Brad Trent
United States
2020

Take-Two Interactive

Strauss
Zelnick

Chairman / CEO

Operating entirely within the videogames space, Take-Two is thriving, having closed its 2020 fiscal year with nearly $3 billion in net bookings, a record for Zelnick’s holding company. Take-Two’s first full quarter since the start of COVID-related shutdowns yielded further milestones, as bookings more than doubled year-over-year for a fiscal Q1 record alongside record revenue for the quarter. Rockstar’s “Grand Theft Auto V” and its online mode continue to be the bread and butter for Zelnick ahead of the game’s next-gen debut in 2021, having already existed across the previous two console generations. Impressive sales are also being seen across Take-Two’s other labels, with “Borderlands 3” from 2K Games selling 5 million units within five days of its September 2019 release and “The Outer Worlds” from Private Division exceeding the company’s own commercial expectations the following month.

Career

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

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2019 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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