Kenneth Feld

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Kenneth Jeffrey Feld (born 1948 in Washington, DC) is the CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice!, Doodlebops Live!, Disney Live!, Monster Jam, International Hot Rod Association, and AMA Supercross Championship. He is also the producer of several Broadway plays. The business was started by his father Irvin Feld and Ken became CEO upon his father's death in 1984. He has three daughters, two of which work at Feld Entertainment. Nicole Feld produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows; Alana Feld is executive vice president and producer of Feld Entertainment's stage shows.[1]

Biography[edit]

He graduated from the Boston University School of Management in 1970 with a management degree (Feld is currently a member of the BU Board of Trustees).[2] According to a 2004 article in Forbes Magazine, he was worth $775 million and lives in Potomac, Maryland. His mother committed suicide in 1958 so he and his sister Karen were raised by their aunt and uncle.[3][4]

In July 2006, he was inducted into the International Circus Hall of Fame.[5]

Clair George has testified in court that he worked as a consultant for Kenneth Feld and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. From 1990 to 1997, he was involved in a program of surveillance, which included wiretapping, directed against Janice Pottker, a journalist who had written about the Feld family, and of various animal rights groups such as PETA and the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).[6][7]

Starting in February 2007, Kenneth Feld began producing the Disney on Ice shows, starting with High School Musical On Ice, based on the hit Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie, High School Musical.[8]

In January, 2014 Forbes reported that Feld had become a billionaire. The magazine estimated his stake in the company to be conservatively worth about $1.8 billion after running price-to-sales comparisons with comparable companies. Feld is the world’s second circus industry billionaire after Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberte, whose net worth Forbes also estimated to be $1.8 billion.[9]

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  2. ^ Members of the BU Board of Trustees
  3. ^ Send in the Clowns
  4. ^ Leiby, Richard. "Send In The Clowns". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-08-04. "The tale begins on a summer day 15 years ago when CEO Kenneth Feld opened his copy of Regardie's, a slick magazine that covered the Washington business scene. He turned to Page 44 and began reading a lengthy article about himself. It was written by Pottker, a freelancer who had once interviewed him for a book about corporate heirs. Headlined "The Family Circus," the piece began flatteringly enough, portraying Feld as a hands-on executive committed to providing quality entertainment." 
  5. ^ Circus Hall of Fame Inductees
  6. ^ Leiby, Richard. "Send In The Clowns". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ "The Greatest Vendetta on Earth". Salon.com. August 30, 2001. Retrieved 2008-08-04. "On a gloomy Veterans Day in 1998, Janice Pottker answered an unexpected knock on the door of her home in Potomac, Md., a woodsy, upscale suburb of Washington. Standing there was a man she'd never seen before, a private detective who introduced himself as Tim Tieff. He told Pottker, a freelance writer married to a senior government official, that he had a discreet message from Charles F. Smith, a former top executive with Feld Entertainment, owner of the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circuses, Disney Shows on Ice, and other subsidiaries that make it the largest live entertainment company in the world." 
  8. ^ Disney On Ice: United States Tour Dates
  9. ^ Mac, Ryan (28 January 2014). "Ringling Bros. Owner Not Clowning Around With Business, Cannons To Billionaire Status". Forbes.