Preparing to step down from his top role at Disney in 2019, CEO Bob Iger would not confirm or deny rumors about a potential presidential run in 2020.
Leading what Fortune called the fifth-most-admired company in the world, Disney’s CEO has been commenting on matters that have nothing to do with family-friendly movies or amusement park rides.
Just after the Las Vegas shooting last Sunday, Iger, 66, came out in favor of gun control.
“These are incidents that touch everybody,” he said. “Where is the outrage here? This is a huge crisis for our country. We should demand a dialogue about this from our politicians.”
Iger reportedly spent most of Sunday following the tragedy and trying to find out if any Disney employees were among the 58 dead and hundreds injured during the shooting. One of the company’s 70 employees who were in Las Vegas at the time was killed.
Prior to that, Iger commented on President Trump’s recent weighing-in on the sports world and the
“I don’t think Donald Trump touched sports — I think sports touched Donald Trump,” he said, noting the impact that sports, a large asset to the Disney conglomerate, which owns ESPN, has in the country.
In another politically-fueled move, Iger resigned from the president’s council of business leaders in the wake of President Trump’s decision.
Speaking at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles last week, a reporter inquired of the audience if they would support an Iger run for office and received a big round of applause.
“That sounds tepid — so maybe that’s a sign,” Iger said, adding, “and my wife is out there somewhere and I can guarantee that she’s not cheering. I will figure it out when I have to figure it out.”
The magazine had previously asked Iger of his political ambitions back in May, which the CEO then declined to answer.
In an interview following his appearance at the summit, he spoke with Bloomberg news, reiterating his claims that nothing has been decided about his future after he steps away from Disney (see video below).
“Here’s what I’ve ruled in,” said Iger when asked if he’s ruled out a run for POTUS. “I’ve ruled in that I have a full-time job now, and I love this job and I’m committed to it and I’m spending all my time on that and on my family.”
He added, “That’s my life and I will eventually figure out what I’m going to do after Disney. Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of different opportunities and I haven’t really begun to explore what those are.”
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