Ryan Kavanaugh is an American entrepreneur that founded two movie studios, and he has helped to produce more than 170 films. His career started in the entertainment industry with a job as a film executive at Sony Picture Entertainment. He then became chairman and CEO of Relativity Media, which was acquired by Universal Pictures in 2015 for $3.8 billion dollars. In this article, we explore how Ryan Kavanaugh built his own fortune through hard work and dedication!
Ryan Kavanaugh was born 56 years ago in Beverly Hills, California, where he still lives today. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Political science. After college, Ryan’s first job was as a Marketing Director for John Travolta’s film “Urban Cowboy” which had just recently been released at the time.
Kavanaugh’s big break came when he managed to land a job as an executive at Jeffery Katzenberg’s newly founded DreamWorks SKG in 1994, which is one of the biggest film studios that has ever existed. Ten years later, Kavanaugh had become President of Production at Paramount Pictures under Brad Grey who was chairman and CEO.
At this point, Ryan Kavanaugh had enough money to retire, but he didn’t want to stop there. The movie executive decided that it was time for him to take charge of his own destiny. He set out with the intention to create a studio that would become as powerful as DreamWorks SKG or Miramax Films used to be in their heyday.
Kavanaugh founded Relativity Media in 2004, which would later grow to have a value of up to $20 billion dollars. The studio has financed and produced 120 films, which have made more than $40 billion dollars at the box office. Additionally, Kavanaugh’s company manages more than 1,500 film titles.
However, Ryan Kavanaugh soon started making a name for himself as being one of the most notorious studio heads in Hollywood. This is due to his business style, which has been described as overly aggressive and an all-or-nothing approach that often leads to lawsuits.