Columbia Pictures, according to NNDB, was founded in 1920 as the CBS Sales Film Corporation. This giant in the media industry did not get the name, Columbia Pictures, until 1924. From 1982-1989 it was owned by Coca Cola. Since 1989, it has been owned by Sony. The following are biographical sketches for several of the men who have sat on their board. Biographical information comes from the NNDB website.
Fay Thomas Vincent Jr.
Fay Vincent, born in Waterbury, Connecticut, graduated from Hotchkiss High School and Williams College. He went on to Yale Law School and was an entertainment lawyer and sports executive, serving as Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1989 until he resigned in 1992.He has been a trustee for Williams College, Fairfield University, and Carleton College. In addition to being on the board for Columbia Pictures, he has served on boards for Time Warner, 2004 Bush/Cheney, Connecticut and New York State Bar Associations, and Straight Talk America.
Herbert Anthony Allen Jr.
Born about 1940, Herbert Allen, an executive with Allen & Company, Inc, purchased Columbia pictures for $1 million out of his personal money and $500K out of his company’s money. Once he became chairman, he made a stock swap at an 1800% profit with Coco Cola which later sold to Sony at a $3B dollar profit.
President and CEO of Allen & Company, he has served on boards for Columbia Coca Cola, Convera, New Leadership for America PAC, Straight Talk America, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as well as political boards for Bill Bradley, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Lieberman, George W. Bush, Dick Gephardt, John McCain, and Barrack Obama.
Donald Raymond Keough
Donald Keough is an American businessman from Maurice, Iowa who serves as chairman of Allen & Company, a NY banking investment company. Keough graduated from Creighton University and served as trustee chairman for the University of Notre Dame. Some other boards he has served on include: Coca Cola, Duncan Foods, Butter-Nut Foods, Berkshire Hathaway, Convera, Heinz, Home Depot, and McDonalds. He also has served on campaign committees for Bush, Cheney, Dole, Giuliani, Gingrich, George W. Bush, John McCain, and Romney.
John Pagano Peters
Jon Peters was born in 1945 in Burbank, California. He is an American movie producer served as co-chairman on board of Columbia picture from 1989-1991. Other activities he has been involved with include George W Bush for President, Cherokee Ancestry, and Italian Ancestry.