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!
The Middle East is full of millionaires and billionaires. This is a list we compiled of the 10 richest people that live in the Middle East region. I think some of the names will shock and surprise you.
10. Aymin Hariri $1.4 Billion
Ayman Rafic Hariri is a Lebanese billionaire heir and businessman, the second youngest son of Rafic Hariri. He was born in 1978(37 years). He is the son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He’s involved in running Saudi Oger, one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest construction companies and the source of the Hariri family fortune.
Oger was part of a venture that won a $653 million contract in January 2013 to build a local branch of the Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. Oger’s other interests include telecommunications; it has a major stake in Turk Telekom. He also owns shares in Middle Eastern banks, including Jordan’s Arab Bank. He’s ranked number 6 in Lebanon having a Net worth of $1.1 billion. He’s currently residing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and he’s married with a child.
Every once in a while when I’m sitting in my apartment and feeling particularly good about myself I decide that I need to get hit by a reality check: I fire up the old computer and take a look at just how crazily the well-off actually live; mansions, jets, boats, and fancy cars, are just a few of the things you’ll find when looking at the lifestyle of our wealthy neighbors. Their accomplishments in the business world have afforded them the luxury of going where they please, and driving whatever vehicle catches their fancy: and there are some pretty fancy vehicles out there, just look at the $4.8 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.
If you want to feel insignificant then all you have to do is look at the wealthiest people alive, and you’ll be treated with a brand new idea of what it means to truly travel in style. Not every multi billionaire takes a sports car to work, however, and it might surprise you to find that a few of the wealthiest people around actually drive quite humble. But what exactly are the largest financial forces in the world driving to work? Here are the top 10 wealthiest people on the planet, and the chariots that they call their own.