Strauss Zelnick
Brad Trent
United States

Take-Two Interactive


Chairman / CEO

Zelnick has held leadership roles at BMG Entertainment, 20th Century Fox and Crystal Dynamics, and was interim chairman of CBS before the Viacom merger. But gaming has been his main focus through holding company Take-Two, where he’s been chairman since 2007 and CEO since 2011. Owner of major publishers Rockstar Games and 2K, Take-Two grew 35% in revenue in 2018, seeing excellent sales from “Red Dead Redemption 2” — the year’s top-selling non-annual release — and “Grand Theft Auto V,” which has raked in steady cash since 2013 due to its popular online mode. It’s been a busy 2019 as well, with a new game in the “Borderlands” franchise, a bestselling NBA release and debut games from Private Division, Take-Two’s new publishing label.


  • 20th Century Studios
  • CBS Corporation
  • Crystal Dynamics


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

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Richard Parsons Steps Down as CBS Chairman; Strauss Zelnick to Take Role

Richard Parsons Steps Down as CBS Chairman; Strauss Zelnick to Take Role

Media entrepreneur Strauss Zelnick replaced Richard Parsons as the chairman of the CBS Corp. board of directors Sunday, an unexpected switch that takes place as the venerable media company seeks to remake itself after the recent controversial ouster of former CEO Leslie Moonves.Parsons cited health reasons for his decision to step down. “As some of you know, when I agreed to join the board and serve as the interim chair, I was already dealing with a serious health challenge –...


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