Former continues to diversify his time, talents, and portfolio following his Disney departure on December 31, 2021. This time, he’s investing in the .
the and then bringing those acquisitions to fruition. The list of businesses and entities purchased by Disney under Iger’s leadership is lengthy and includes the following: always had a knack for bringing people together and for scouting out potential acquisitions for
- Miramax – 1993; $60 million
- Capital Cities/ABC/ESPN – 1995; $19 billion
- Starwave – 1998; undisclosed amount
- Infoseek – 1999; undisclosed amount
- Fox Family Worldwide (Freeform) – 2001; $2.9 billion
- Baby Einstein – 2001; undisclosed amount
- The Muppets – 2004; $75 million
- CrossGen – 2004; $1 million
- Avalanche Software – 2005; undisclosed amount
- Pixar – 2006; $7.4 billion
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – 2006; traded for the rights to sports broadcaster Al Michaels
- Junction Point Studios – 2007; undisclosed amount
- Marvel – 2009; $4 billion
- Hulu – 2009; 30% purchase (increased to full ownership in 2019)
- Wideload Games – 2010; undisclosed amount
- Tapulous – 2010; undisclosed amount
- Playdom – 2010; $563 million
- UTV Software Communications – 2011; $297 million
- Lucasfilm () – 2012; $4.06 billion
- Maker Studios – 2014; $500 million
- Sphero – 2014; unknown minority investment
- BAM – 2016 & 2017; $2.58 billion total
- 21st Century Fox – 2019; $71.3 billion
The former and Chairman was never specific about his post-Mickey plans as they related to his next ventures and adventures, but many speculated about Iger’s future after Disney.
Now, according to CNBC, Iger has invested in . The has also invited Iger to be an , and he has accepted the role.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome as an investor and ,” said in a statement. “Bob brings a wealth of experience after at the helm of one of the most loved and most creative brands in the world and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
Neither nor Canva commented on the amount of Iger’s investment in the company, which was valued in September 2021 at $40 billion. Canva is a that ranked in the top 5 spots among CNBC’s annual Disruptor 50 list, which was just released in early May.
The Sydney, Australia-based entity assists people in creating , making videos, and creating other designs used on social media platforms and on websites.
The sun set on Iger’s 47-year tenure with The on December 31, 2021, and almost immediately, he began other projects. was reportedly toying with the idea of becoming a part-owner of the Phoenix Suns.
Robert Sarver, who boasted a 33% in the Phoenix Suns has been under investigation by a law firm commissioned by the National Basketball Association for alleged “inappropriateness” of various kinds. According to Sports Illustrated, Sarver was accused of making racist comments, being verbally abusive, and operating with misogynistic viewpoints.
Should he depart from his role with the Suns and offer up his , Iger was reportedly looking into buying part of all of Sarver’s . So far, that hasn’t happened, but inquiring eyes and minds are watching.
Since his Disney departure, Iger has also stepped into the metaverse.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) March 14, 2022
In mid-March, the former tweeted about plans for his next adventure, saying he was “thrilled to be joining the @genies Board of Directors to help @akashrnigam and company empower humans to create the ‘mobile apps of web3’: avatar ecosystems.”
More recently, Iger became a part-owner in the , which also owns Loungefly, a maker of Disney-themed backpacks, bags, purses, wallets, and more.