Brian L. Roberts

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Brian L. Roberts
Born Brian L. Roberts
(1959-06-28) June 28, 1959 (age 54)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Alma mater Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Comcast
Net worth Increase US$1.2 billion (March 2014)[1]
Spouse(s) Aileen Kennedy Roberts
Children 3
Parents Suzanne Fleisher
Ralph J. Roberts

Brian L. Roberts (born June 28, 1959) is chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, an American company providing cable, entertainment, and communications products and services.

Early life and education[edit]

Roberts was born into a Jewish family[2] in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Suzanne Fleisher, a former actress and playwright, and Ralph J. Roberts, the co-founder of Comcast Corporation. A graduate of Germantown Academy, he earned his B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity.

Career and other business activities[edit]

Roberts is CEO and Chairman of Comcast Corporation and personally controls 33 1/3% of the voting rights of the company.[3] Roberts is also chairman of the board of directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and previously treasurer.[4][5] He served as chairman of NCTA from 1995 to 1996, when the landmark deregulatory 1996 Telecommunications Act became law. Roberts is the chairman of CableLabs as well.[6] Roberts is a board member of the Bank of New York. Roberts co-chaired the 2003 Resource Development Campaign for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Roberts received an estimated $24,683,315 in total compensation, during 2009.[7]

Awards and philanthropy[edit]

Roberts has won business and industry honors during his tenure. Institutional Investor magazine named him its top vote-getter three years straight (2004–06) in the Cable & Satellite category of their America's Best CEOs annual survey; and also named Comcast as one of America's Most Shareholder-Friendly Companies in 2006. He was the recipient of the 2004 Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center[8] and was the 2002 Walter Kaitz Foundation Honoree of the Year for his commitment to diversity in the cable industry. The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia honored Roberts with its 2002 award for his commitment to youth programs and community partnerships. In 2001, he was awarded the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's 2011 Ambassador for Humanity Award.[9] The Aileen K. and Brian L. Roberts Foundation Foundation was one of the largest contributors to the restoration of the Alfred W. Fleisher Memorial Synagogue at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia named in the honor of his maternal grandfather.[10]

Maccabiah Games[edit]

Being both an All-American squash player and of Jewish descent, he participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel earning a gold medal with the U.S. squash team in 2005 and silver medals in 1981, 1985, 1997 and 2009.[8][11] On October 21, 2012, Brian Roberts was honored by Maccabi USA as a Legend of the Maccabiah.

Politics[edit]

He was a founding co-chair of Philadelphia 2000, the nonpartisan host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention.

The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2003 "The Pennsylvania Report Power 75" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics, calling him "Pennsylvania’s most powerful businessman" and noted his influence with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.[12] In 2003, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of politically influential individuals.[13]

Since 2006, Roberts made more than $76,000 in political contributions to Democrats and $13,500 in contributions to Republicans. [14]

In December 2009, he wrote a letter to President Barack Obama endorsing his Affordable Care Act.[15] He was named to President Obama's Jobs and Competitiveness Council in February, 2011.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Aileen Kennedy Roberts, live in Philadelphia with their three children.[16] Aileen is the director of the Barnes Foundation.[17][18] They also have a home in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forbes: The World's billionaires: Brian Roberts March 2014
  2. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: Top 50 Jews 2012: "Brian Roberts" retrieved December 25, 2012
  3. ^ Comcast Corporation Website: "Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation" retrieved February 12, 2014
  4. ^ "U.S. Cable Industry Launches 'Take Control. It's Easy' Campaign to Help Parents Manage Their Family's TV Viewing"
  5. ^ Ncta.Com
  6. ^ About CableLabs: Board of Directors
  7. ^ Philly.com report on Brian Roberts' compensation package
  8. ^ a b "Brian L. Roberts" (Press release). Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Jewish Exponent: "Shoah Salute: Personal Meaning for Comcast CEO" By Michael Elkin May 4, 2011
  10. ^ Eastern State Penitentiary: "Funders for the Synagogue Restoration" retrieved February 19, 2014
  11. ^ Jewish Exponent: "Shoah Salute: Personal Meaning for Comcast CEO" by Michael Elkin May 04, 2011
  12. ^ "The PA Report 'Power 75' List". Pennsylvania Report. Capital Growth, Inc. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Power 50". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-04-17. 
  14. ^ Sheppard, Noel (2009-12-06). "Comcast Execs Gave Large Donations to Obama and Democrats". NewsBusters. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  15. ^ http://www.politico.com/static/PPM143_091203_wh_healthcare_letter.html
  16. ^ Reference for Business: Brian L. Roberts retrieved July 8, 2012
  17. ^ Businessweek: "Aileen Kennedy Roberts" retrieved July 8, 2012
  18. ^ Philly Magazine: "Philadelphia Award 2012 - Joseph Neubauer and Aileen Roberts were honored for their work on the new Barnes" by Hugh Dillon May 31, 2012