Michael Eisnerentertainment executive
Birthplace: Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Having served in a variety of positions at NBC and CBS and as president of Paramount Pictures while at ABC, he became chairman and CEO of Walt Disney Company in 1984 and oversaw the creation of animated blockbusters such as Aladdin and The Lion King and the successful merchandising of related products. He is credited with transforming the company into a powerful entertainment conglomerate.