Shari Ellin Redstone
April 14, 1954
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Education||Tufts University (B.S.)|
Boston University (J.D.)
(m. 1980; div. 1992)
|Children||Kimberlee Korff Ostheimer|
|Parent(s)||Sumner Redstone (father)|
|Relatives||Michael Redstone (grandfather) |
Brent Redstone (brother)
Shari Ellin Redstone (born April 14, 1954) is an American media executive with a background in numerous aspects of the entertainment industry and related ventures. She currently serves as the chairman of ViacomCBS and president of National Amusements; she formerly served as the vice-chairman of CBS Corporation and Viacom. Through National Amusements, Redstone and her family are majority owners of CBS, Comedy Central, BET, Showtime Networks and the film studio Paramount Pictures.
Early life and education
Redstone is the daughter of Phyllis Gloria Raphael and Sumner Redstone and is the sister of Brent Redstone. Her grandfather was Michael Redstone, who was the original founder of National Amusements, the parent company that now owns the majority of the Redstone media empire. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Tufts University in 1975. She received her law degrees at Boston University School of Law in 1978 (J.D.) and in 1980 (LLM). She practiced corporate law, estate planning and criminal law in the Boston area before joining National Amusements.
Since 1999, she has been president of National Amusements, one of the top ten movie exhibitors in the United States. Redstone has expanded the company's international footprint and its exploration of new technologies.
In 2000, while at National Amusements, Redstone entered the Russian theater market, giving patrons there the opportunity to experience high-end luxury theaters. In 2010, Redstone and her partners purchased the theaters that they had built and formed Rising Star Media, of which she was chairman, and turned it into the top grossing cinema chain in that country. Redstone and her partners then sold Rising Star Media to Russian theater operator Cinema Park in 2011.
In 2007, Redstone and her father feuded publicly over issues of corporate governance and the future of the cinema chain. Documents have been made public which verify that, as part of a settlement from Sumner's first divorce, all of Sumner's stock is in irrevocable trusts that will be left to his grandchildren.
In 2011, Redstone became co-founder and managing partner of Advancit Capital, LLC, an investment platform focusing on early stage in media, entertainment and technology. In addition, she is co-chairman of MovieTickets.com, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the National Theatre Owners Association (NATO).
On February 3, 2016, her father resigned as CBS executive chairman after questions arose about his mental competency. CBS's board then offered Shari Redstone the position of non-executive chair, but she declined. The CBS board announced that Les Moonves replaced Sumner Redstone as CBS Chairman. In 2016, Redstone, who at the time was vice chairperson of CBS and Viacom and president of National Amusements (the controlling shareholder of CBS and Viacom), gave the following statement on succession: "my father's Trust states his intention that I succeed him as (non-executive) Chairman at CBS and Viacom, and also names me as a Trustee after his death." She stated that she wanted the chairs of each company to be "not a Trustee of my father's trust or otherwise intertwined in Redstone family matters," and she nominated Les as the CBS chair.
- Kimberlee Korff Ostheimer, a lawyer who practiced at The Legal Aid Society. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who received her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
- Brandon Korff, a 2006 George Washington University graduate and real estate developer.
- Tyler Korff, a lawyer and rabbi who graduated from Maimonides School and Columbia University in 2008, and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Her ex-husband was president and director of National Amusements until two years after they divorced.
As of January 2018, Redstone is a member of the board of directors at Combined Jewish Philanthropies and the board of trustees at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She is also on the board of directors of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Redstone recently joined the board and executive committee of "Our Time", a mass-membership organization that stands for the economic interests and political inclusion of young Americans aged 18–30. She sits on the local advisory board and executive committee for BUILD, a nonprofit organization that uses entrepreneurship to propel low income youth through high school and into college.
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