Edgar Bronfman Jr Net Worth 2017: Short Bio & Wiki

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Edgar Miles Bronfman Jr. was born on 16 May 1955, in New York City, USA, to Ann and Edgar Miles Bronfman Sr., of Canadian-Jewish descent. He is a businessman, songwriter and former filmmaker, best known for leading the once largest international beverage and entertainment company in the world, Seagram.

A noted media mogul, how wealthy is Edgar Bronfman now? According to sources, Bronfman has acquired a fortune of over $2.5 billion, as of early 2017. His wealth has largely been collected though his involvement in Seagram, and through other business ventures.

Edgar Bronfman Jr Net Worth $2.5 billion

Bronfman grew up in New York City with his four siblings in the prosperous Bronfman family. He attended Manhattan’s prestigious The Collegiate School, and later enrolled at the Harvard University, but soon dropped out of college to focus on his career in showbiz, having become involved in the film industry during his high-school days. Using the help of his father, he produced his first film, the 1973 British war drama entitled “The Blockhouse” when he was only 17 years old. In 1982 he produced his second feature, “The Border”, starring Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel.

In the meantime, Bronfman also pursued a songwriting career. He is credited for writing songs such as “Whisper in the Dark” by Dionne Warwick, “To Love You More” by Celine Dion and “If I Didn’t Love You” by Barbra Streisand. All added to his wealth. However, in 1982 Bronfman quit his involvement in the entertainment industry and joined he family’s business, a major liquor and spirits distillery called Seagram.

After serving as assistant to the Office of the President, he became Managing Director of Seagram Europe located in London, a position he held until 1984. He was then promoted to President of the House of Seagram, the company’s US marketing division called Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. based in New York. His wealth grew considerably. A decade later, Bronfman became the CEO of Seagram, and by the end of the ’90s, the company had made acquisitions of entertainment giants such as MCA, whose assets included Universal Pictures. Few years later it bought PolyGram and Deutsche Grammophon, moving away somewhat from the traditional liquor business, and entering the world of music and entertainment, so Bronfman’s involvement in showbizz was born again. The success of the company significantly contributed to his personal fortune.

However, in 2000 he sold a controlling interest in Seagram’s entertainment division to Vivendi for $34 billion, and went on to become the vice-chairman of Vivendi Universal. Seagram’s beverage division was later sold to Pernod Ricard and Diageo, which marked the end of the Bronfman family’s involvement in the company.

In 2002 Bronfman became a Managing Director of a private investment company called Accretive LLC, focused on creating and investing in technology companies, a position he has held ever since, earning a sizable income and net worth. In 2004, he led the company to purchase Warner Music Group company, becoming its Chairman and CEO, with his net worth boosted again. Under his management, WMG established a leading position in the music industry, becoming the third-largest music company in the world, however, WMG was sold for $3.3 billion in 2011, but Bronfman regained his CEO position with Warner, later serving as the company’s Chairman until 2012.

Bronfman has also served on the board of Accretive Health, New York University’s Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center, and The Collegiate School. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Director of Endeavor, a non-profit organization supporting a new approach to international development. His involvement in such major companies has enabled Bronfman to achieve great popularity and to establish a considerable fortune.

When it comes to his personal life, Bronfman has been married twice, firstly to actress Sherry Brewer from 1979 to 1991, with whom he has three children. As of 1994, he has been married to Clarissa Alcock, and they have four children.

Quick Facts

Birth date: May 16, 1955
Birth place: New York City, New York, USA
Profession:Businessman
Education:Collegiate School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Clarissa Alcock (m. 1993), Sherry Brewer (m. 1979–1991)
Children:Hannah Bronfman, Benjamin Brewer, Vanessa Bronfman, Bettina Bronfman, Aaron Bronfman, Clarissa Bronfman, Erik Bronfman
Parents:Edgar Bronfman Sr., Ann Loeb Bronfman
Siblings:Charles Bronfman, Phyllis Lambert, Minda Bronfman
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Chairman and CEO of Seagram Inc., which owns Universal Pictures [1996]
2Bronfman, along with private investment equity groups, purchase Warner Music Group (comprised of Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Entertainment, and Atlantic Records) from Time Warner. After cost-cutting and reorganizations, he takes the company public in an IPO in May 2005. [2004]
3Grandson of Samuel Bronfman.
4Is the cousin of Canadian film entrepreneur Paul Bronfman.
5Attended Harvard University, but left to pursue entertainment-related ventures.
6Is currently Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Group, a company he helped to buy from Time Warner and took public one year after the acquisition. After much reorganization and cost-cutting, as well as hiring away former Island-Def Jam head, Lyor Cohen, to run the music management sector, he hopes the company will be poised for further growth. [2004]
7Was responsible for Seagram's purchase of PolyGram, which he merged with Seagram's Universal Music Group to create the largest music company in the world. [1998]
8Father Edgar M. Bronfman revealed United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past, which led to Waldheim's resignation.
9Met 1st wife, Sherri Brewer, through singer Dionne Warwick. When Edgar Sr. warned him that his and Sherri's children "would have problems being accepted by either black or white society" (Sherri is black), the two Edgars did not speak for a year and did not reconcile until 1982, when Senior shocked Junior by asking him to join Seagram.
10Wrote a hit song for Céline Dion: "To Love You More".


Quotes

#Quote
1We must restrict the anonymity behind which people hide to commit crimes. As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity. - on the recent Napster controversy


Pictures

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SpecialThe CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People (1973)· Ronald S. Kass (executive producer)
· Gary Keys (producer)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Indonesian Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols2002TV Series writer - 1 episode
Daylight1996writer: "Whenever There Is Love From 'Daylight'" - as Sam Roman

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Border1982producer
The Blockhouse1973producer - as Edgar M. Bronfman Jr.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Melody1971production assistant - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Big Deals: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly2002TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whiskey and Water2007TV Movie documentary

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