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Edgar Bronfman Jr. Poster

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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 16 May 1955New York City, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Edgar Bronfman Jr. was born May 16, 1955 in New York. His father was a liquor magnate, and Bronfman wanted nothing to do with business. He didn't even go to college. He had loftier ideals - he worked on his music and eventually got his dad to help him bankroll the 1973 British film, The Blockhouse (1973), and The Border (1982), a star-studded flop. Around that time, Dionne Warwick recorded his song, "Whisper In the Dark". This level of success was not quite what his father had in mind for him, however, and in 1982 he asked him to join the company. Edgar, Jr. became CEO in 1994, the same year Seagram bought a share of Time Warner and he married Clarissa Allcock. They have three children - Bronfman also has three from a previous marriage.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Len Hroskj

Spouse (2)

Clarissa Alcock (1994 - present) (3 children)
Sherri Brewer (1979 - 1991) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

Wrote a hit song for Céline Dion: "To Love You More".
Met 1st wife, Sherri Brewer, through singer Dionne Warwick. When Edgar Sr. warned him that his and Sherri's children "would have problems being accepted by either black or white society" (Sherri is black), the two Edgars did not speak for a year and did not reconcile until 1982, when Senior shocked Junior by asking him to join Seagram.
Father Edgar M. Bronfman revealed United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past, which led to Waldheim's resignation.
Was responsible for Seagram's purchase of PolyGram, which he merged with Seagram's Universal Music Group to create the largest music company in the world. [1998]
Is currently Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Group, a company he helped to buy from Time Warner and took public one year after the acquisition. After much reorganization and cost-cutting, as well as hiring away former Island-Def Jam head, Lyor Cohen, to run the music management sector, he hopes the company will be poised for further growth. [2004]
Attended Harvard University, but left to pursue entertainment-related ventures.
Is the cousin of Canadian film entrepreneur Paul Bronfman.
Grandson of Samuel Bronfman.
Bronfman, along with private investment equity groups, purchase Warner Music Group (comprised of Warner Bros. Records, Elektra Entertainment, and Atlantic Records) from Time Warner. After cost-cutting and reorganizations, he takes the company public in an IPO in May 2005. [2004]
Chairman and CEO of Seagram Inc., which owns Universal Pictures [1996]

Personal Quotes (1)

We must restrict the anonymity behind which people hide to commit crimes. As citizens, we have a right to privacy. We have no such right to anonymity. - on the recent Napster controversy

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