135: Strauss Zelnick | Building Massively Successful Companies + Becoming Younger Each Year

Apr 15, 2019 | Interviews, Podcast


Today I am joined by Strauss Zelnick, the founder of the private equity firm Zelnick Media Capital and president and CEO of Take-Two Interactive. Strauss has a long history of leading media and communications enterprises and is deeply involved in originating investments, advising executives and guiding the strategic and operational initiatives across all portfolio company investments. I wanted to have Strauss on the show because he truly exemplifies the Work Hard Play Hard lifestyle, and because he has set out a goal to become younger every year. This episode with Strauss is killer, I know you’re going to love it.

In This Conversation We Cover:

  • [4:39] Growing up in a big family + what it taught him
  • [7:25] Earning the nickname “The Prince”
  • [9:20] Working through 10,000 movie contracts in an internship
  • [13:30] Greenlighting the movie Dirty Dancing + regenerating RCA
  • [21:24] Strauss’ strategy for coming in to help turn a company around
  • [24:00] Changing his health and fitness by becoming younger each year
  • [29:30] Determining your top priorities
  • [32:32] Living a life of moderation
  • [37:53] Rapid fire with Strauss

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Ciao! We’re Rob & Kim. Over the past two-decades we’ve lived by one motto, “Excuses are over. it’s time to live!”

In August of 2021, we put our motto to the test, sold everything and moved our family to Italy.