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Eisner: The Hard-Driving Digital Dealmaker

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A short profile of the new new Michael Eisner, in his post-Disney, digital-investing-and-deal-driving phase. Of course he is extremely wealthy thanks to the more than $1 billion in salary, bonuses, and stock options he raked in during his 21 years as Dosney CEO, and he can afford to experiment like his investments in Team Baby Entertainment, which makes sport-themed DVDs for children, and Veoh Networks.
His five-person investment firm is Tornante Co. The story says Eisner hasn’t been shy about using his Rolodex or hardball negotiating tactics to give his investments a boost. He got Regis Philbin and other buddies to lend their voices to Team Baby DVDs. And shortly after investing in Veoh, Eisner tracked down Jann Wenner and persuaded him to put its celebrity sightings on Veoh’s new broadband Celebrity Channel.