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

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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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Hi, I’m Rob!

Hi, I’m Rob! It has been said “You are not what you have learned, but what you’ve overcome.”


I have overcome my share of obstacles in order to architect the life of my dreams and uncover the key to lasting, meaningful success. Growing up in Queens (literally on the wrong side of the tracks), my early years were tumultuous, marked by hardship and violence.

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