BirthdayAugust 11, 1933
BirthplaceBrooklyn, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Walter Yetnikoff

    Full name: Walter Yetnikoff
    Also known as: Walter Yetnikoff, Yetnikoff, Walter
    Education: Columbia University
    Professions: Music industry executive
    Residence: New York City
    Nationality: American
    Work: President of CBS Records International

  2. Walter Yetnikoff Known for

    Freddie Mercury, the Untold Story (2000), Bad 25 (2012), Ruthless People (1986), VH1 News Presents: Michael Jackson's Secret Childhood (2005)

  3. Walter Yetnikoff Biography

    Walter Yetnikoff (born August 11, 1933) is an American music industry executive who was the president of CBS Records International from 1971 to 1975 and then president and CEO of CBS Records from 1975 to 1990.During his career at CBS, he guided the careers of Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Earth, Wind & Fire, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Gloria Estefan, and a host of other well-known artists.After graduating from Columbia Law School where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review, he served in the U.S. Army from 1956 - 1958. He then was hired by the law firm Rosenman, Colin, Kaye, Petschek and Freund which represented William S. Paley and CBS.In 1962, Yetnikoff joined CBS Records as an attorney. After serving as general counsel of the CBS Records law department, he went on to head CBS Records International which grew exponentially under his leadership.In 1975, William Paley made him President and CEO of CBS Records. During his tenure he attracted stars like James Taylor and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney away from, respectively, Warner Bros. Records and EMI, and went on to “preside over the most profitable and prestigious stable of artists of all time.”With Yetnikoff at the helm of CBS Records, Michael Jackson’s Thriller sold over 40 million copies, Earth, Wind & Fire's I Am and Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. each sold over 20 million and Billy Joel’s The Stranger sold in excess of 13 million. Yetnikoff also helped launched the careers of Lauper (on Portrait Records, which CBS owned), Yankovic (on Scotti Brothers Records, which CBS distributed), and Estefan.Yetnikoff was known for being a strong artist advocate. For example, Billy Joel speaks of how Yetnikoff bought back Joel’s publishing rights and gave them to him as a birthday present. Yetnikoff notes in the documentary film The Last Play at Shea that he had to threaten Artie Ripp to close the deal.At CBS, Yetnikoff was the chief architect of the sale of CBS Records to Sony to create Sony Music Entertainment in January 1988.He, his wife, Lynda, and their dog, Alexandra, currently reside in New York City and upstate New York.

  4. Walter Yetnikoff Family

    Spouse: June May, Cynthia, Lynda Kady
    Parents: Max and Bella Yetnikoff

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