Net Worth: $1.55 billion
LAST YEAR: Not on list
RESIDENCE: Beverly Hills
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Entertainment
THE MONEY: DreamWorks Animation share price rose 15 percent over past year with particularly sharp spike at end of April as news broke of Glendale studio’s impending sale to Comcast. Will reportedly pocket more than $400 million once acquisition closes.
THE BUZZ: While Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation suffered $54.8 million net loss last year, things picked up in April with $3.8 billion sale to media giant Comcast. Owns 60 percent of studio’s voting stock. Will reportedly stay on to become head of division called DreamWorks New Media that will include AwesomenessTV, millennial-focused digital media company that had been in DreamWorks fold. Also active in tech space having invested in video-game developer Zynga. Some reports suggest Katzenberg could buy out AwesomenessTV as next act. Crashed Tesla in fall; suffered several injuries and hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he underwent surgery for broken arm. Co-founded DreamWorks SKG in 1994 with fellow Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. DreamWorks Animation spun out as publicly traded company in 2004 with Katzenberg at helm; hit franchises include “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Spoke in support of movie-theater experience at CinemaCon, saying, “We don’t applaud at our iPhones.” Attended George Clooney fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. Also donated $1 million to Priorities USA Action, a Clinton-supporting PAC.
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