Bob Iger is stepping down as the CEO of Disney after nearly 15 years with the company. Here's how the media titan makes and spends his $690 million fortune.


Bob Iger isn't called the "King of Hollywood" for nothing — but now, the "king" is retiring. 

On Tuesday, Disney announced Iger will step down as CEO after his 15-year tenure at the helm of the company. He will be replaced by Bob Chapek, formerly the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Iger will now assume the role of executive chairman, and will help the company transition until the end of his contract on December 31, 2021.

"With the successful launch of Disney's direct-to-consumer businesses and the integration of Twenty-First Century Fox well underway, I believe this is the optimal time to transition to a new CEO," Iger said in a press statement. 

Iger started his entertainment career in 1974 as a studio supervisor at ABC and climbed through the show business ranks to become the CEO of one of the most powerful businesses in the world. Iger recounted this journey in his memoir "The Ride of a Lifetime," released in September, in which he chronicled how he went from making $150 a week doing "menial labor" on ABC shows to earning over $60 million a year running The Walt Disney Company. 

Since Iger became CEO on October 1, 2005, the company's stock has risen 492%. But after 45 years in the entertainment industry, Disney isn't the only thing Iger has built up — he has also amassed a sizeable personal fortune. 

Forbes reported that Iger has a net worth of $690 million, which is thought to be higher than that of Abigail Disney; the Disney heiress said in July she's worth about $120 million. Iger, meanwhile, was compensated $65.6 million in 2018 — which Forbes notes is 1,424 times what the average Disney employee makes.

The Walt Disney Company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Here's what we know about Iger's life and rise, including how he made and now spends his multimillion fortune.

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Iger and Bay became engaged in 1995. But after Disney agreed to buy Capital Cities/ABC that same year, Iger had quick decisions to make.

At that time, he wrote in his memoir, he had been commuting weekly to Los Angeles to meet his new Disney colleagues. He knew that after the acquisition was approved, he and Bay would not have much time to honeymoon. So, they quickly married later that same year.

"Willow and I also knew we'd have no chance for a honeymoon once the deal closed," he wrote. "We radically shortened our engagement and got married in early October 1995."

They are still married, living in Brentwood, California, and have two children together.

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Forbes reports that Iger's net worth is now a staggering $690 million, making him richer than the current Disney heir, Abigail Disney, who has said she's worth about $120 million.

Forbes reported that that Iger's fortune is split between his Disney shares "and cash or other investment from sales of Disney shares over the decades."

According to Forbes, Iger was compensated $65.6 million in 2018, which is 1,424 times the average Disney employee's salary. He had been given another $26.3 million in stock after he successfully closed the Disney-Fox merger and for agreeing to extend his contract until 2021. His initial compensation last year was $39.3 million (not including stock rewards).

In April 2019, Abigail Disney publicly criticized Iger's high pay on Twitter and later wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post elaborating on her thoughts

"I'm not arguing that Iger and others do not deserve bonuses. They do," Disney wrote. "They have led the company brilliantly. I am saying that the people who contribute to its success also deserve a share of the profits they have helped make happen."

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