Leslie Moonves

Born Oct 6, 1949

Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. Moonves served as co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom, Inc. , the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Prior to that he had been in a series of executive positions for CBS since July 1995. Moonves has also been a Director at ZeniMax Media since 1999.… Read More

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1949 Birth Born on October 6, 1949.


1971 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Moonves was born to a Jewish family in New York City, the son of Josephine (Schleifer) and Herman Moonves, and grew up in Valley Stream, New York. He attended Valley Stream Central High School and went to Bucknell University, graduating in 1971.
1978 28 Years Old In 1978, Moonves married Nancy Wiesenfeld (m. December 17, 1978, div. 2004) with whom he has three children. In April 2003, Nancy Moonves filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. … Read More


1985 35 Years Old Moonves joined Lorimar Television in 1985 as executive in charge of its movies and mini-series, and in 1988, became head of creative affairs.


1990 40 Years Old From 1990 to 1993, he was president at Lorimar.
1993 43 Years Old In July 1993, he became president/CEO of Warner Bros. … Read More
1995 45 Years Old He joined CBS in July 1995 as president of CBS Entertainment.
1998 48 Years Old From April 1998 until 2003, he was president and chief executive officer at CBS Television, then was promoted to chairman and CEO of CBS in 2003. … Read More


2004 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. … Read More
2005 55 Years Old Among the shows that have given CBS a new lease on life is the CSI franchise and Survivor. CBS had six of the ten most-watched primetime shows in the final quarter of 2005: CSI, Without a Trace, CSI: Miami, Survivor: Guatemala, NCIS, and Cold Case. … Read More
2006 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2006, Moonves was instrumental in making the deal that brought together CBS-owned UPN with The WB to form the CW Network.
2009 59 Years Old On September 24, 2009, Chen gave birth to a son, Charlie Moonves. … Read More


2012 62 Years Old Moonves is considered the second most highly paid director for 2012: he received $58.8 million.
2013 63 Years Old He is considered the second most highly paid executive for 2013, receiving $65.4 million. … Read More
2015 65 Years Old On the March 23, 2015 premiere episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Moonves portrayed himself as the head of CBS, who then sends out a golden ticket that will grant whoever finds it a chance to host the Late Late Show, in an homage to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. … Read More
2016 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Moonves became Chairman of CBS in February 2016.
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