Robert A. Altman

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Robert Altman
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish American
Occupation director
Known for Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media
Spouse(s) Lynda Carter (1984-present)
Children James and Jessica Altman
Parents Sophie Robinson
Norman Altman

Robert A. Altman is the current Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks, LLC.

Early life[edit]

Robert was born to a Jewish family[1] in 1947. He is the son of Norman Altman and Sophie Robinson. Sophie, who died from heart disease in 2008, was a television producer of the academic game show It's Academic. Robert is one of four children.[2]


Altman is a lawyer. He became part of the company BCCI. During his time there he was accused of helping the business buy an American bank and lying to U.S. regulators about it.[3] In 1992, he was indicted for eight felony charges in New York. Altman maintained that he himself was duped by the bank.[4] He was acquitted of all charges, although he did agree to be banned from banking to settle a civil suit by the Federal Reserve.[5]

After leaving the practice of law, Altman served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of FriendFinder Networks Inc. (formerly Penthouse Media Group, Inc.) until December 1998. Since 1999, Altman is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of ZeniMax Media.[6]

Political connections[edit]

Altman is known for having several former high level members of the Democratic Party of his acquaintance including Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, Former United States House of Representatives Majority Whip Tony Coelho, and Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell of Maine.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On January 29, 1984, Robert married former Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter. Together they have two children, James and Jessica Altman. They currently live in Potomac, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.


  1. ^ Interfaith Family: "Interfaith Celebrities: The Summer's First Blockbuster" By Nate Bloom April 28, 2009
  2. ^ Lewis, Neil A. (1991-09-03). "A Friendship, a Washington Bank and a Trail of Money Leading to B.C.C.I.; Clifford and Altman, Mentor and Protege, At Center of Inquiry". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Follow TIME Facebook Twitter Google + Tumblr (1993-08-30). "Innocent As Charged". TIME. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Politics News". 1992-07-30. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ Truell, Peter (1998-02-04). "Clifford and Altman Settle With Fed Over B.C.C.I.". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
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  7. ^ Musgrove, Mike (2005-08-15). "Out of the Dark and Into the Spotlight". The Washington Post.