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Resume: Alex Yemenidjian


BORN

Dec. 27, 1955, in Argentina; his grandparents emigrated there from Armenia.

EDUCATION

BA, business administration and accounting, California State University, Northridge, 1977; MS, business taxation, University of Southern California, 1982.

CURRENT POSITION

Chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

CAREER PATH

After heading his own accounting firm for eight years, Yemenidjian took an executive position at the holding company of his role model, Kirk Kerkorian. From there, he became chief financial officer, then president of casino company MGM Grand. In 1999, he was appointed head of MGM, the movie studio that Kerkorian controls.

OTHER KERKORIAN TIES

Yemenidjian is a board member of Kerkorian's Lincy Foundation, which contributes money to Armenian relief efforts. And though Kerkorian is 85, they play tennis together nearly every weekend.

BIGGEST BOX-OFFICE SUCCESS

The Bond film Die Another Day, for which he prodded producers to sign up Halle Berry as the Bond girl.

DRESS CODE

He designs his own shirts.

FAMILY

Married, two children.


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