Brian Roberts is the chairman and CEO of Comcast, the largest cable television company in the United States. The media corporation is split between two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBC Universal, and several subsidiaries, including Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts, Xfinity, Xfinity Mobile, Comcast Business, MVNO of Verizon, and multiple network broadcast and cable-only channels, such as NBC, Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network, Syfy, NBCSN, E! and more.
Brian’s father, Ralph Roberts, was one of the co-founders of the American media conglomerate. Brian took leadership of Comcast at the age of 31 when the company was making $160 million annually, growing the firm to eventually become the world’s second biggest media company with annual revenues reaching upwards of $80 billion.
However, the media industry is not his only area of influence. He is the golf buddy of former US President Barack Obama and personally endorsed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As of 2014, Comcast had donated close to $18 million to political campaigns in the Democratic party. He has also received several honours for his humanitarian work, such as the Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Walter Kaitz Foundation Honoree of the Year and The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia awards in 2002 and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award in 2011.
As a Jewish squash player, Brian has also participated in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He won a gold medal with the US squash team in 2005 and silver medals in 1981, 1985, 1997 and 2009. In 2012, he was honored a Legend of the Maccabiah by Maccabi USA.Tags: film, Government and Politics, Jewish, sports, TV