Leslie Moonves Bio, Biography
|Leslie Roy “Les” Moonves was born on 6 October 1949. He is Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.
Moonves served as Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Viacom, Inc., the predecessor to CBS Corporation, from 2004 until the company split on December 31, 2005. Before that, he had a series of executive positions at CBS, since July 1995. Moonves has been a Director at ZeniMax Media since 1999. He became Chairman of CBS in February 2016. Leslie Moonves also studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City.
|Born||Leslie Roy Moonves was born on 6th October 1949New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Age||68 Years old as of 2018|
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California|
|Other names||Les Moonves|
|Education||Bucknell University, Valley Stream Central High School|
|Occupation||Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of CBS Corporation
Director at ZeniMax Media
|Salary||$66.9 million (2013) (includes other compensation)|
|Children||Charlie Moonves, Sara Moonves, Adam Moonves, Michael Moonves|
|Parents||Mother, Josephine (Schleifer) and Father, Herman Moonves|
Leslie Moonves Early life
Moonves was born to a Jewish family in New York City, the son of Josephine (Schleifer) and Herman Moonves, and experienced childhood in Valley Stream, New York. His mom was a nurse. He has one sibling, entertainment attorney Jonathan Moonves; and one sister Melissa Moonves Colon. He went to Valley Stream Central High School and went to Bucknell University, graduating in 1971. In his sophomore year he switched his major from pre-med to Spanish and acted in a few plays; following graduation in 1971 he moved to Manhattan to pursue a career as an actor, but after he played a few “forgettable” TV roles he decided to pursue the business side of television instead
Leslie Moonves Nephew to David Ben-Gurion, first Israel’s Prime Minister
Moonves is a great-nephew of Paula Ben-Gurion, wife of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel. He likes doing Transcendental Meditation, stating that, “It puts me in a calm state, which I’m not always in.”
Leslie Moonves Nancy Wiesenfeld
In 1978, Moonves married Nancy Wiesenfeld (m. December 17, 1978, div. 2004), with whom he has three children. In April 2003, Nancy Moonves filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. Nancy and Les Moonves were already living apart.
Leslie Moonves Julie Chen
In 2004, although his divorce from Nancy was not yet finalised, Les Moonves began dating CBS’ The Early Show reporter Julie Chen. On 10 December 2004, Moonves got a court to grant an early divorce. Tired of waiting, Moonves’ motion cited a “desire to return to the status of being single”. Thirteen days later in Mexico, he married Chen. On September 24, 2009, Chen gave birth to a son, Charlie Moonves.
Moonves resides in Beverly Hills, California, in a house he bought from Andy Heyward. He also owns residences in New York City and Malibu.
Leslie Moonves accused of sexual misconduct by six women
CBS chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves was accused of sexual misconduct by six women on 27 July 2018. The six includes actress Illeana Douglas, who asserts that Moonves had her fired from a comedy pilot after she rebuffed his forceful advances. The accusations were published in the New Yorker on Friday, 27 July 2018 by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow.
Bobbie Phillips Sexual Assault Allegations against former CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves
On 28th November 2018, The New York Times published an article in which Phillips alleges that former CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves sexually assaulted her. The article also mentions that Phillips’ son committed suicide in 2012.
Users from Twitter Reactions on the Sexual Misconduct Allegations
So, Ronan Farrow has written a piece alleging sexual misconduct on the part of CBS CEO and chair Leslie Moonves. Shari Redstone is calling for an investigation. But her father, Sumner Redstone, has allegedly protected Dan Schneider from being exposed.
— Exposing Dan Schneider (@ExposingDanWarp) July 27, 2018
#BB20 is about to take an unfortunate turn as Julie finds herself entangled with the Leslie Moonves sexual misconduct scandal. UGH
— Jake 🏳️🌈 (@who_tf_is_jake) July 27, 2018