Les MoonvesBusiness Leader (1949)
Les Moonves is the administrator and CEO of CBS Corp. In July 2018, a New Yorker article shared claims from six ladies about Les Moonves exposing them to lewd behavior.
Who Is Les Moonves?
What Is Les Moonves' Net Worth?In 2015, Forbes recorded Les Moonves with a total assets of $700 million when he was incorporated on the magazine's gathering of "Hollywood's Richest Power Brokers."
CBS Salary, Bonuses and PerksDespite the fact that Les Moonves has a base pay of $3.5 million, his CBS remuneration can incredibly increment with stock and rewards. In 2017 he earned $69.3 million. He was paid $69.6 million out of 2016 and $56.8 million out of 2015, and has made more than $50 million consistently since 2010. This spots him among the most generously compensated CEOs in the United States.
In May 2017, Les Moonves marked an agreement to stay at the head of CBS Corp. through 2021. Under the terms of this assention, he could get a payout of $184 million should he be ended without cause.
Working for CBS has additionally given Les Moonves benefits that go past pay: the organization supported his $500,000 private screening room and covers his movement on corporate planes.
Allegations of Sexual HarassmentOn July 27, 2018, The New Yorker distributed an article composed by Ronan Farrow that point by point six ladies' records of inappropriate behavior by Les Moonves. Les Moonves was affirmed to have persuasively kissed and contacted a portion of the ladies, and requested sexual favors from others. One of these ladies was Illeana Douglas, who described that Les Moonves had bound her on his office love seat while "fiercely kissing" her. The ladies additionally expressed they felt Les Moonves had harmed their vocations in striking back for dismissing him. The occurrences supposedly happened between the 1980s and the 2000s, with the latest claim dating from a 2006 gathering. Also, the article referenced examples of sexual orientation separation and badgering experienced by CBS representatives.
Les Moonves issued an announcement to The New Yorker that stated, "All through my time at CBS, we have advanced a culture of regard and open door for all representatives, and have reliably discovered achievement lifting ladies to top official positions over our organization. I perceive that there were times decades back when I may have made a few ladies awkward by making propels. Those were mix-ups, and I lament them gigantically. In any case, I constantly comprehended and regarded — and submitted to the rule — that 'no' signifies 'no,' and I have never abused my situation to hurt or ruin anybody's profession."
The article's discharge provoked a decrease in CBS's stock cost. The CBS load up guaranteed to seek after a free examination concerning the claims yet said Les Moonves would stay in his activity meanwhile.
On July 31, 2018, NBC News revealed that a lady had told Los Angeles police in February 2018 that Les Moonves had explicitly mishandled her during the 1980s. Charges of battery, obscene introduction and constrained oral fornication were allegedly considered, yet as the legal time limit had passed the head prosecutor's office did not seek after the situation. Farrow tweeted that the complainant did not give off an impression of being one of the hotspots for his New Yorker piece.
Les Moonves, who had stood up in help of the Me Too development and its point of advancing a reasonable and only working environment for ladies, was an individual from Anita Hill's Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. He surrendered from the commission after the New Yorker article. Female officials and identities who've worked with him, among them Sharon Osbourne and Lynda Carter, have voiced help for Les Moonves.
On September 9, 2018, after The New Yorker ran an article with six additional ladies blaming him for sexual unfortunate behavior, Les Moonves ventured down as director, president and CEO of CBS Corp. Les Moonves and CBS will give $20 million to "at least one associations that help the #MeToo development and balance for ladies in the working environment."
CBS CareerAt the point when Les Moonves progressed toward becoming leader of CBS Entertainment in 1995, the system was stuck in last place, and its gathering of people's maturing socioeconomics were ugly to sponsors. He supervised a turnaround in the system's fortunes, with evaluations climbing on account of reality programs like Survivor and Big Brother. These were joined by mainstream arrangement, for example, Everybody Loves Raymond, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Big Bang Theory.
In 1998 Les Moonves moved toward becoming CEO of CBS Television. After Sumner Redstone's Viacom obtained CBS in 1999, Les Moonves kept on climbing the company pecking order, getting to be director and CEO of CBS in April 2003. He was named co-president and co-head working officer of Viacom in 2004. In 2006, to battle a decrease in stock value, Redstone split up Viacom and CBS. Les Moonves progressed toward becoming president and CEO of CBS Corp., supervising CBS just as elements, for example, distributer Simon and Schuster and link arrange Showtime. In 2016 Les Moonves progressed toward becoming administrator of the CBS board.
Les Moonves' time in charge saw CBS flourish. Under his supervision CBS All Access, a gushing membership benefit, was made. He incited CBS to deliver its very own greater amount programming, rather than authorizing appears from other generation houses. What's more, he saw CBS effectively request programming expenses from link and satellite administrators.
Among the stumbles of Les Moonves' CBS residency was the choice to employ Katie Couric to feature the evening news for $15 million every year, as appraisals achievement didn't pursue. Les Moonves headed the organization when CBS News publicized a hour Wednesday portion with inappropriately screened reports (an occurrence that came to be known as "Memogate"), and when Charlie Rose left CBS This Morning following claims of Rose's own sexual unfortunate behavior.
Shari Redstone ConflictShari Redstone, little girl of Sumner Redstone, has proposed consolidating CBS and Viacom Inc. yet again, a stage Les Moonves restricts. After The New Yorker's article showed up, CBS issued an announcement saying to a limited extent, "The planning of this report comes amidst the organization's extremely open lawful question," alluding to continuous prosecution among CBS and Redstone's holding organization. (The New Yorker article expressed every one of the ladies included indicated they were not talking a direct result of this corporate conflict.)
In June 2018, Shari and a partner on the CBS board asked for an outside examination concerning badgering, tormenting and partiality by upper administration at CBS. No move was made at the time.
CBS and Donald TrumpAt a media gathering in February 2016, as Donald Trump's grandiose talk attracted more regard for the 2016 presidential primaries, Les Moonves stated, "It may not be useful for America, but rather it's damn useful for CBS."
When Was Les Moonves Born?Les Moonves was born on October 6, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York.
Les Moonves Wife Julie ChenLes Moonves and Julie Chen wedded in 2004, fourteen days after he and his first spouse finished their separation. Les Moonves and Chen met when he chose Chen, a newsreader for The Early Show, to have unscripted TV drama Big Brother. In 2010 Chen went up against facilitating obligations for the daytime demonstrate The Talk.
Following the New Yorker article and its claims against her significant other, Chen discharged an announcement of help on Twitter that said to some degree, "Leslie is a decent man and a cherishing father, dedicated spouse and moving corporate pioneer. He has dependably been a sort, respectable and moral individual. I completely bolster my significant other and remain behind him and his announcement."
Les Moonves HomesWith Chen, Les Moonves shares homes that incorporate a Malibu beachfront home, a Beverly Hills house and a Park Avenue loft in New York City.
Les Moonves First WifeLes Moonves wedded first spouse Nancy Wiesenfeld in 1978. They separated in 2004. Les Moonves was seeing Julie Chen while still wedded, however he and Wiesenfeld had been living independently.
Les Moonves ChildrenLes Moonves has three Children— a little girl and two children — from his first marriage, and a child from his marriage to Julie Chen.
Les Moonves FamilyLes Moonves' more youthful sibling, Jonathan, is an excitement legal advisor who considers Julie Chen as a real part of his customers. Les Moonves' sister turned into a columnist.
Les Moonves' dad, Herman, claimed service stations. His mom, Josephine, was a housewife who later returned to class to end up an attendant.
Les Moonves' granddad's sister was hitched to David Ben-Gurion, making Les Moonves the incredible nephew of Israel's first PM.
Les Moonves Early Life and EducationLes Moonves was a year old when his family moved to the Long Island town of Valley Stream. As a kid, outings to the city with his mom to see Broadway demonstrates started an adoration for stimulation.
Les Moonves went to state funded school before going to Bucknell University. He considered a medicinal profession, yet when he graduated in 1971, he was keen on acting.
Les Moonves Acting CareerAfter school, Les Moonves learned at the Neighborhood Playhouse's acting school in New York. There he was trained by Sanford Meisner, a regarded educator who showed understudies, for example, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck and Joanne Woodward.
Les Moonves, who discovered some accomplishment as an entertainer, moved to Los Angeles in 1975 and showed up in TV demonstrates like The Six Million Dollar Man and Cannon. In any case, his acting profession wasn't generally taking off; in the long run Les Moonves chose he would like to be an official settling on choices as opposed to pursuing jobs.
Les Moonves Television ExecutiveLes Moonves started working with Saul Ilson, maker of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in 1981. He worked at Fox before joining Lorimar Television — the generation organization behind Dallas, Perfect Strangers and Full House — as a VP in 1985. By 1989, he was leader of Lorimar.
Les Moonves moved toward becoming leader of Warner Brothers Television in 1993, after a merger with Lorimar. There he created and sold hit demonstrates like Friends and E.R., triumphs that helped him get a vocation at CBS.