Jeff Zucker Biography

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Jeff Zucker

Quick Facts Of Jeff Zucker

Celebrated Name Jeff Zucker
Age 53 Years
Nick Name Jeff
Birth Name Jeffrey Adam Zucker
Birth Date 1965-04-09
Gender Male
Profession Media Executive
Place Of Birth Homestead, Florida
Birth Nation United States
Nationality American
Face Color Matthew Zucker
Mother Arline Zucker
High School North Miami Senior High School
University Harvard University
Education BA in American History from Harvard University
Career Start 1986
Marital Status Separated
Wife Caryn Zucker
Married Date 1996
Children 4
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Body Build/Type Average
Net Worth $40 million
Salary $6.3 million (estimated)

Jeffrey Adam Zucker, professionally popular by the name Jeff Zucker is an American media executive. The 53-year old is the President of CNN Worldwide. He started Presidency of CNN since January 2013 following the end of Jim Walton's tenure. He administers CNN, CNN International, HLN, and CNN Digita. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal. He stepped down as the President of CNN in July 2018 in order to recover from heart surgery. 

Gossips and Rumors

One of the successful media executives, Jeff Zucker was accused by popular comedian, Kathy Griffin that he cut her salary. She stated that she asked Zucker for a pay raise. In return, he cut her salary. She mentioned Zucker on her post which wrote, "The first two years I appeared on CNN, it didn’t even occur to me to ask for a salary. The 8th year when I asked Jeff Zucker for a raise, he was so angry he docked me 30%. I’m sorry to say I took the pay cut because I truly enjoyed making you all laugh".

Best Known For

  • He is the President of CNN Worldwide.

Early Life of Jeff Zucker

Jeff Zucker was born on 9 April 1965. He was born to Jewish parents. His father's name is Matthew Zucker and his mother's name is Arline Zucker. His birth nation is the United States. He was born in Homestead, Florida. He holds American nationality. 

He attended the North Miami Senior High School. He was the editor of the school paper and a teenage freelance reporter for The Miami Herald. He graduated from high school in 1982. After high school graduation, he attended Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in American history.

Career of Jeff Zucker

In 1989, Zucker became the field producer for Today. He became its executive producer in 1992, just at the age of 26.

At Today, he introduced the program's trademark outdoor rock concert series, which was later moved to the "window on the world" Studio 1A in Rockefeller Plaza in 1994. The show had 16-years of rating dominance. 

In 2000, NBC named Zucker their new president.

He kept NBC ahead of several networks as he aired the gross-out show, Fear Factor.

He is also credited for negotiating for the cast of the hit series Friends to take the series up to the tenth season.

He also successfully signed Donald Trump for the reality show, The Apprentice.

He introduced Las Vegas, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Scrubs. 

In December 2003, he became the president of NBC's Entertainment, News & Cable Group as well.

In May 2004, he became the president of NBC television group.

In December 2005, NBC promoted him to the CEO of NBC Universal Television Group. He administered all programming across the company's television properties.

In February 2007, he became the President and CEO of NBC Universal.

In June 2010, Zucker left NBC Universal with reported payment between $30 million and $40 million.

He became the president of CNN Worldwide on 1 January 2013. 

Under his management, CNN was named as the cable news channel showing the most growth in an era of declining ratings, growing the viewership by 51%.

He made digital news a priority at CNN.

After Zucker managed CNN, The Hollywood Reporter ranked CNN as the number 10 most-trafficked news outlet in 2016.

Personal Life of Jeff Zucker

The 53-years old is a married man. His wife is Caryn Stephanie Nathanson. They tied a knot to each other to become a husband and wife in 1996. The couple is blessed with 4 children. However, Zucker and his wife Caryn decided to separate, which he announced in January 2018. 

He was diagnosed with colon cancer twice in 1996 and in 1999. He successfully underwent surgery twice and chemotherapy after the first surgery. He got full recovery.

Body Features of Jeff Zucker

Jeff Zucker stands at a height of 1.68 m. He has average body build. Other information is currently unavailable. 

Net Worth of Jeff Zucker

One of the successful American media executives, Jeff Zucker has earned his fortune working as a President for CNN. As of 2018, his net worth is estimated at around $40 million. The 53-years old has a reported salary of $6.3 million.

Did You Know?

  • His father was a cardiologist.
  • His mother was a school teacher.
  • He was a captain of his High School's tennis team.
  • He was also the president of his sophomore, junior, and senior classes, running on the slogan, "The little man with the big ideas".
  • In 1986 he was hired by NBC to research information for its coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics.
  • He was a business executive at Columbia Business School.
  • The 10 years running NBC show, Friends was one of the most profitable ever for the network.
  • After, NBC Universal, he produced a talk show with fellow NBC alum, Katie Couric.

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