Disney’s Executive Chairman and former CEO Bob Iger indicated that if a role was offered to him in the upcoming Biden administration, he would consider it. The news comes out an interview with David Rubenstein on Bloomberg TV. This comes as Iger is expected to stick around Disney for another year as the Executive Chairman.
In the interview, Iger said that he would consider serving in President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration if the right role was offered. “Giving back in some fashion — serving our country in some fashion — is certainly something that I would consider seriously,” Iger said. “But a lot of it would depend on what it is, what the opportunity is, and whether I thought it would be something that I would both be stimulated by and be good at.”
Iger’s name has not come up in discussions about the Biden administration. It isn’t the first time though that Iger has thought about being involved in public service. Before leading Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Iger seriously considered running for President of the United States.
“You don’t consider running for president without being a true idealist,” Iger said. “It takes a lot of idealism to generate the emotional energy and probably the physical energy, too, to do something like that, to even think that it’s possible. But at some point, realism sets in as well, and must set in.”
“I was seriously considering it,” Iger shared. “But I’m not sure I would have gotten as far as actually running. I was starting to think more and more about how difficult the path might be in the Democratic Party for a businessman to actually get the nomination.”
Biden is set to take office on January 20, 2021. He has already named people to multiple positions within his administration. Iger is not one of them. Iger was a large donor for the Biden campaign, however. Iger has also served in an advisory capacity for different governmental councils and panels.
Bob Iger stepped down as CEO of The Walt Disney Company earlier this year. At the end of next year, he is expected to exit the company completely. Asked what is next, Iger shared that there have been some “feelers” from private equity firms that are interested in bringing him on board. However, Iger stated that he hasn’t made any decisions about what is next. There will be something coming next though as Iger shared that “There’s a whole world out there, and I still have a lot of energy and a huge amount of curiosity.”