Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

Born May 16, 1955

Edgar Miles Bronfman, Jr., is the Chairman of Warner Music Group. He previously served as CEO of the company from 2004 to 2011. In May, 2011, the sale of WMG was announced; Bronfman would continued as CEO in the transaction. In August 2011, he became Chairman of the company as Stephen Cooper became CEO. Bronfman previously served as CEO of Seagram and vice-chairman of Vivendi Universal. He is the son of Edgar Miles Bronfman and the grandson of Samuel Bronfman, patriarch of one of the wealthiest and most influential Jewish families in Canada. The Bronfman family gained its fortunes through the Seagram Company, an alcohol distilling company, but Edgar Jr. ("Efer" to friends) has gained his reputation by expanding and later divesting ownership of the Seagram Company, as well as for pursuing more creative activities as a Broadway and film producer and songwriter. His controversial decision to sell his family stake in DuPont Chemical in order to create the Vivendi Universal entertainment company which turned out to be short-lived, was a source of widespread astonishment in the business community. Bronfman was convicted of insider trading in a French court resulting in a 15 month suspended sentence and fined €5 million. http://www. bloomberg. com/news/2011-01-21/messier-bronfman-avoid-jail-after-guilty-verdict-on-vivendi-near-collapse. html… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on May 16, 1955.


1967 12 Years Old From his early days, Bronfman's interest in the arts was apparent. He was particularly active in school theatre, an interest his parents supported by donating to construct The Ann and Edgar Bronfman Theatre during a 1967 expansion at The Collegiate School, the prestigious private school in Manhattan which Edgar Jr. attended. … Read More
1972 17 Years Old The summer before his final year of high school, in 1972, he was a credited producer on the film, The Blockhouse. … Read More
1973 18 Years Old In 1973, Bronfman began a songwriting career under the pseudonyms Junior Miles and Sam Roman. … Read More


1977 22 Years Old His Efer Productions company was signed by Universal Studios in 1977 to a three-year movie production contract. … Read More
1979 24 Years Old In 1979, Bronfman married his first wife, Sherry Brewer, an African-American actress, in New Orleans. … Read More
1982 27 Years Old In 1982, Bronfman returned to the Seagram Company, spending three months learning the ropes before moving to London to become managing director of Seagram Europe.
1984 29 Years Old In 1984, Bronfman returned to New York as President of the House of Seagram, the company's U.S. marketing division.


1991 36 Years Old The couple had three children before they divorced in 1991:
1993 38 Years Old In 1993, Bronfman married Clarisa Alcock San Román, the daughter of Frank Alcock Pérez-Matos, a Venezuelan oil executive of half British descent and a Venezuelan mother, Dinorah San Román Strup. … Read More
1994 39 Years Old By 1994 he became the Chief Executive Officer, where he began a move away from the traditional liquor business and into entertainment. … Read More


2000 45 Years Old Bronfman, Jr., then led Seagram into a controversial all-stock acquisition by French conglomerate Vivendi in 2000. … Read More
2001 46 Years Old In December 2001, Bronfman announced he was stepping down from an executive capacity at Vivendi Universal, but remaining as vice chair of the board.
2002 47 Years Old In 2002, Bronfman joined private investment firm Accretive LLC as General Partner. … Read More
2004 49 Years Old On February 27, 2004, Bronfman finalized the acquisition of Warner Music Group and he has served as Chairman and CEO of the music company since that time. … Read More


On January 21, 2011, Bronfman was found guilty in French court of insider trading and received a 15-month suspended sentence and a €5m fine. … Read More
2012 57 Years Old He stepped down as Chairman on January 31, 2012. … Read More
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