12 Facts About Ynon Kreiz


Ynon Kreiz is an Israeli-American businessman and current Chairman and CEO of Mattel.


In 1996 Ynon Kreiz moved to London to launch children's television network Fox Kids Europe, a joint venture with Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.


Ynon Kreiz resigned from FKE at the expiration of his contract in 2002, the year following the Disney sale.


From 2008 to 2011 Ynon Kreiz served as Chairman and CEO of Netherlands-based global television and digital production company Endemol, known for unscripted reality programming hits such as 'Big Brother' and others.


In 2012, Ynon Kreiz invested in and joined the board of Los Angeles based multi-channel network Maker Studios as Chairman and in 2013 became CEO.


In March 2014, Ynon Kreiz negotiated the sale of Maker to Disney for $500 million, with an additional $450 million based on meeting performance incentives.


In January 2016 Ynon Kreiz stepped down as CEO following the expiration of Maker's earn-out agreement with Disney.


Ynon Kreiz is a former windsurfing instructor and avid kite surfer.


Ynon Kreiz is married to Israeli Olympian Anat Fabrikant with four children.


Ynon Kreiz was the Attache of the Israeli Olympic team for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Chairman of the Boards of Trustees in support of the Israeli athletes.


Ynon Kreiz is a member of the Board of Advisors at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and the Board of Directors at Warner Music Group.


Ynon Kreiz is a member of Business Roundtable, an organization of CEOs of America's leading companies.