Bobby Kotick is Best Known as the CEO

Bobby Kotick is an American businessman and CEO of Activision. He is best known as the CEO of the game development studio Activision, which he helped create in 1979. In 1994, Kotick led a buyout of the company with a group of investors until it became an independent company in 2013.

Achievements of Bobby Kotick

In 1992, Kotick co-founded the game development studio Activision with his partner Brian Kelly. Activision is an American developer of computers and video games. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. As of October 2013, approximately 7,000 employees are working for Activision worldwide. Kotick served as CEO of the company until 2015 when Eric Hirshberg replaced him.

Kotick holds a B. An in Economics from the University of Southern California (1978). He has been married to Cheryl Anne Barrett since December 1985; they have one daughter (born in 1991).

In 2007, Kotick and his wife donated $24 million to the University of Southern California. The donation funded the establishment of the Bobby and Cheryl Ann Kotick Chair in Plastic Surgery.

Born in New York, Kotick grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 1976. While at USC, he participated in Upward Bound, where students are given one-on-one tutoring, mentoring, and support to focus on college preparation through class work, reading, and test preparation to help them access higher education opportunities. He was a Zeta Beta Tau fraternity member while attending the University of Southern California.

He served as chairman and managing director of Merrill Lynch from 1996 until 1999. He was also a member of the board of directors for Bestfoods USA, Kellogg’s, and Cellnet Corporation.

In 1994, Kotick, along with former Atari co-founder David Crane and investment partners, led the buyout of Activision. Under Kotick’s leadership, Activision acquired or invested in several gaming companies, including Blizzard Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, and id Software. “The Devil’s Cartel” is a book recounting some of the adventures of these events written by industry journalist John Davison.