Bob is a media innovator known as "the father of MTV", and is currently CEO of Clear Channel Communications and founding member of Pilot Group, LLC, a New York private investment firm. He has been CEO of MTV Networks, AOL, Quantum Media, Century 21 Real Estate and Time Warner Enterprises. His extensive background as a radio and TV programmer, marketer, investor and media entrepreneur began with his first job as a radio announcer at age 15.
As a philanthropist, he is former Chairman of the Robin Hood Foundation, and has served on the boards of the Alliance for Lupus Research, the New York City Ballet, The New York Public Theater, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and NYU Hospitals Center. His many honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial’s 2000 “Ripple of Hope Award” for his commitment to civic and community affairs and his contributions to the advancement of education. He was recognized in Life's "Five Original Thinkers of the '80s," Advertising Age's "50 Pioneers and Visionaries of TV" and "10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture."