Robert A. Kotick
When you command one of the hottest video game companies in the industry while also dominating the reins of one of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world you can count on making an ungodly amount of money in the process. Robert A. Kotick (sometimes referred to as Bobby) is the current CEO behind Activision Blizzard the owners of the monstrously popular Call of Duty and World of Warcraft video games. The 59 year old Long Islander is also on the board of directors for the Coca-Cola Company, wielding power over both major franchises!
With much power comes much responsibility and a big fat paycheck of course! Kotick rakes in 64.9 million dollars, according to recent estimates. Under his guidance, Activision Blizzard has become one of the largest and most wealthy entertainment companies in the Western Hemisphere. Over 500 million gamers in almost every country in the world play Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, making stock in the company incredibly valuable!
It’s not all about the money though for Mr. Kotick, who is a co-chairman of Call of Duty Endowment, a charity organization sponsored by Activision Publishing which helps unemployed veterans find sustainable jobs for themselves and their families. COD Endowment not only finds employment for these veterans it also makes sure that the employment is a quality position that will help the individual back onto the road to success.
Not only is Blizzard a hugely successful company financially, it also made Fortune’s top 100 list of the best companies to work for. It has been celebrated for being diverse in a generally male centered industry. Women are encouraged to network and talk about their favorite games and a number of female avatars and even female inspired gun and camouflage designs have been added to their games.
With the Blizzard’s recent acquire of Major League Gaming which streams live gaming events and organizes professional competitions and gaming leagues, there is now telling what heights Robert will take his company to next! Mr. Kotick seems to be a fine example of a CEO actually doing his part to earn his albeit large paycheck!