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 in 1947. He is the son of Norman Altman and Sophie Altman. Norman Altman, a graduate of Harvard Law School, who died in 1997, was a leading real estate lawyer and investor, and the founder of the Wash DC law firm Krooth and Altman. Sophie Altman, a graduate of Yale Law School, was a pioneer in television broadcasting, and an multiple Emmy award winning producer. Among the television shows Sophie produced is the acclaimed high school educational program, It's Academic, the longest running quiz show in history, now in its 54th year. Robert is one of 4 children.[1]


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.[2] In 1992, he was indicted for eight felony charges in New York. Altman maintained that he himself was duped by the bank.[3] He was acquitted of all charges, although he did agree to be banned from banking to settle a civil suit by the Federal Reserve.[4]

Altman resumed his Washington legal practice after the trial and continued his successful legal career until 1999. In May 1999, Altman founded ZeniMax Media.,[5] a leading video game publisher, which creates and publishes interactive entertainment content for the PC/MAC, game consoles and mobile devices. Altman serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of ZeniMax, a privately held company that operates globally with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The ZeniMax group includes some of the most acclaimed game development studios in the world, and its library of intellectual properties includes some of the industry’s most significant franchises including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored, DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, The Evil Within, and RAGE.[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. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Follow TIME Facebook Twitter Google + Tumblr (1993-08-30). "Innocent As Charged". TIME. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ "Politics News". 1992-07-30. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  4. ^ 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.