Bob Iger being considered for Ambassador Role in Biden Administration

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It appears that Bob Iger might have a future in public service after all. The Disney executive chairman is at the top of President-elect Joe Biden’s wish list for a key ambassador post. According to Hollywood Reporter, Iger is being considered for an ambassador position for either U.K. or China.

Iger considered a run for president of the U.S., but ultimately dropped those plans and went on to engineer Disney’s largest acquisition ever — the $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets — a deal the company completed last year.

“You don’t consider running for president without being a true idealist,” Iger said. “It takes a lot of idealism to generate the emotional energy and probably the physical energy, too, to do something like that, to even think that it’s possible. But at some point, realism sets in as well, and must set in.”

The U.K. ambassadorship is considered the most plum diplomatic assignment. However, China is an intriguing possibility given Disney’s history with Iger making business relationships there. Either would be a fitting next act for the most successful Hollywood CEO of the modern era. A Biden spokesperson and Disney rep both declined comment.

If Iger, 69, is offered a post and accepts, it would mark the end of his stunning 25-year run at Disney.


Kevin Koszola