Jonathan Klein (Getty Images)

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Jonathan Klein (born 1960)[1] is co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images, Inc.,[2] a global digital media company that is the premier creator and distributor of still imagery, video and music worldwide.[3]

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Klein received a degree in law from Cambridge University.[1] He co-founded Getty Images with former Chairman Mark Getty in March 1995 and since then has led the company’s growth from an analog image collection with transparencies, laboratories and print catalogs, to an award-winning, multi-billion dollar, global digital business.[4]

Under Klein’s direction, Getty Images has acquired and integrated more than 100 image collections and companies worldwide, including PhotoDisc and iStockphoto.[5][6] The company also launched news, sports and entertainment coverage, and has grown to include video, music, digital asset management, rights services and assignment photography.[7]

Fast Company recognized Klein in its “Fast 50” as a business leader who “will change the way we work and live”[8] and he was named number one on American Photo’s list of the “100 Most Important People in Photography.”[9] He received the Suffolk University Sawyer Business School’s 2012 award for Global Leadership in Innovation and Collaboration,[10] as well as the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Business Excellence for Innovation award.[11]

Under Klein’s stewardship, Getty Images received the first International Center of Photography Trustees Award, for the company’s “commitment to the field of photography, through technology and philanthropy, and dedication to the power of photography to create change.”[12]

In March 13, 2015, Klein announced his resignation as CEO and voting member of the Executive Board, internally called, "Ex-Com" . On the same day, it was announced that he intended to accept the role, duties and office of Chairman of The Board. On the same day, it was announced that Klein would stay on as caretaker CEO, taking a prominent role in vetting potential replacements.

Klein is a leader in the fields of international press freedom and global health. During his tenure at Getty Images, Klein was visible speaker on issues concerning press freedom and freedom of speech in general. In keeping with his convictions, Klein spoke out in several interviews and Company communique's against the 2015 Paris, France terrorists atrocities visited upon the offices of the satirist magazine, Charlie Hebdo.”[13]

He serves on the boards of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Grassroot Soccer and is chairman of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[14][15][16] He is a member of the corporate advisory board of GBCHealth and serves on the boards of directors of the Groton School,[17] Etsy,[18] Getty Images,[19] Getty Investments and Squarespace.[20][21]

Klein lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.


  1. ^ a b "Jonathan Klein: Under Getty’s Images: Brand Values and Leadership Principles". Ethix. June 1, 2003. Klein was born in South Africa in 1960 to a Jewish family that had left Stalin’s Russia in the 1930s. He was educated in law at Cambridge University 
  2. ^ Berfield, Susan (August 23, 2012). "Getty's Pics: Worth 1,000 Words—and $3.3 Billion". Bloomberg Businessweek. 
  3. ^ Rogers, Bruce (June 30, 2013). "Getty Images Wants to be the Amazon of Digital Content". Forbes. 
  4. ^ "Getty Images Officers: Jonathan Klein". 
  5. ^ "Getty Images and Their Meteoric Rise". MacTribe. 
  6. ^ "iStockphoto CEO On Getty Images Acquisition: Exclusive Interview On One Year Anniversary". ZDNet. February 19, 2007. 
  7. ^ "About Getty Images". 
  8. ^ Tischler, Linda (2006). "Most innovative Companies 2006 - 42_Jonathan Klein - Getty Images". Fast Company. 
  9. ^ "American Photo Top 100". April 19, 2005. 
  10. ^ "Business School Honors CEO of Getty Images". Suffolk University. September 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Friends of the Global Fight Against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Board of Directors". 
  12. ^ Palmeri, Christopher (March 13, 2015). "Getty Images’s CEO Klein to Give Up Position Amid Price War". 
  13. ^ Klein, Jonathan (January 14, 2015). "Getty Images Stands With Charlie Hebdo". 
  14. ^ "Committee to Protect Journalists: Media Leaders Join CPJ Board of Directors". 
  15. ^ "Global Board of Directors". Grassroot Soccer. 
  16. ^ "Edward W. Scott Jr. Steps Down, Jonathan Klein Named Interim Chair" (Press release). Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. September 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Groton School: Board of Trustees". 
  18. ^ "Etsy: Board of Directors". 
  19. ^ "Jonathan Klein". The Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ "GBCHealth: Corporate Advisory Board". 
  21. ^ "Squarespace: Board of Directors". 

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