Michael D. Eisner

MICHAEL D. EISNER, chairman of Walt Disney, showed in 1995 he could do it his way, without close pal and President Frank G. Wells, who died in a helicopter crash in 1994, or studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, who left in anger. The 53-year-old Eisner made a $19 billion deal for Capital Cities/ABC, lifting Disney to global media's top tier. Theme parks are minting cash anew. Even EuroDisney turned a profit.

MICHAEL D. EISNER
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