Richard Sarnoff

Chairman of Media, Entertainment & Education, Americas at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP

Richard Sarnoff

Richard Sarnoff

Chairman of Media, Entertainment & Education, Americas at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP

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Random House, Inc.
Penguin Random House Ltd.
Random House Ventures LLC

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New York City, NY

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Partner at Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments, Inc.

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Partner & Global Head of Strategic Growth at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP

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General Partner at KKR & Co., Inc.

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Co-Founder at KKR & Co., Inc.

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Partner at KKR & Co., Inc.

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Co-Head, Global Impact at KKR & Co., Inc.

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Partner & Head of Real Estate Americas at KKR & Co., Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at KKR Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc.

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Co-President & Co-Chief Operating Officer at KKR & Co., Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Chegg, Inc.

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Chairman of Media, Entertainment & Education, Americas at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP
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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. produces movies and television shows. It engages in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of creative content and its related businesses across multiple current and emerging media and platforms. The company was founded on April 4, 1923 and is headquartered in Burbank, CA.

Class of 1987

Harvard Business School (HBS) is the graduate business school of Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The school offers a large full-time MBA program, doctoral programs, and many executive education programs. It owns Harvard Business School Publishing, which publishes business books, leadership articles, online management tools for corporate learning, case studies, and the monthly Harvard Business Review.

BA in Art & Archaeology, summa cum laude
Class of 1981

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Career History
Member, Americas Private Equity

KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR) is a leading global investment firm with deep roots in private equity, diversified capabilities, and an impressive track record. When you partner with KKR, you benefit from decades of financial and operational experience, broad industry knowledge, and a powerful network of global relationships. Through an integrated approach, we work closely with companies and investment partners around the world to deliver flexible capital solutions. The power of partnership with KKR means we strive for better investments, stronger businesses, and shared success. With offices around the world, we fulfill our mission one investor at a time, one company at a time—and we do this as one global firm. As investors with an industrialist vision, we think long-term, pursue the highest standards of excellence, and align our interests with those of all our investment partners by putting our own capital behind our ideas

Chairman of Media, Entertainment & Education, Americas

KKR invests in companies located in across the globe. The firm focuses on telecom, media & technologies, healthcare, infrastructure and real estate sectors. They provide financing for traditional management buyouts, build-ups and growth capital requirements in both private and public companies. It also makes minority and majority investments.

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For more than a decade, ebrary has been working with libraries, corporations, government, publishers and societies, aggregators and distributors, individuals and others to address their digital content needs.Their mission is to provide the most cost-effective and efficient way for their customers to acquire and distribute important information, while offering end-users the most powerful tools for information retrieval, discovery, and management.In addition to content products, which include handbooks, e-books, manuals, reports and other authoritative documents under flexible subscription and purchase models, they license their technology to organizations that need a cost-effective and efficient way to distribute and integrate their own digital materials online.ebrary currently has more than 3,000 customers around the world serving more than 17 million end-users. They have partnered with more than 425 of the world's leading publishers, and their growing network of international resellers, book vendors, and other partners distribute their products and services worldwide. ebrary is privately held and headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA.

Boards & Committees
2009 - 2011

Amdocs, Inc. provides software solutions and services. It offers customer management, digital lifestyle services, revenue management, network functions virtualization, advertising and media, operations support systems, centralized management and optimization solution, amadocs delivery, network control, support services, and unified foundation. The firm also offers strategic business consulting, testing services, document management as a service, order to activation, program and business services, digital services, gateway services, managed services, and contact center services. The company was founded by Boaz Dotan in 1982 and is headquartered in Chesterfield, MO.

Member, Supervisory Board
2002 - 2008

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA engages in the provision of services related to media and education. It operates through the following segments: RTL Group, Penguin Random House, Gruner + Jahr, BMG, Arvato, Bertelsmann Printing Group, Bertelsmann Education Group, and Bertelsmann Investments. The RTL Group segment specializes in radio and television production. The Penguin Random House segment publishes books. The Gruner + Jahr segment focuses on magazines. The BMG segment engages in music production. The Arvato segment offers technology services. The Bertelsmann Printing Group segment unites the printing activities of the Bertelsmann Group. The Bertelsmann Education Group segment encompasses the overall education business. The Bertelsmann Investments segment comprises start-up and fund investments. The company was founded by Carl Bertelsmann in 1835 and is headquartered in Guetersloh, Germany.

Chairman, Board of Directors

VOCEL, Inc. develops wireless messaging solutions. The firm’s interactive messaging (VIM) is messaging platform that delivers compelling mobile experience which motivates users to take action. The company was founded by Carl Washburn in 2003 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

Member, Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the national trade association of the American book publishing industry. AAP has more than 300 members, including most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies.


The Princeton University Press is an independent publisher with close connections to Princeton University. Its mission is to disseminate scholarship within academia and society at large. The press was founded by Whitney Darrow, with the financial support of Charles Scribner, as a printing press to serve the Princeton community in 1905.

Political Donations

Representative from New York's 8th Congressional District


Representative from New York's 8th Congressional District


Representative from New York's 12th Congressional District

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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP purchases OverDrive, Inc. from Rakuten Group, Inc.

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KKR & Co., Inc., Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP purchase R. B. Media, Inc. from Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC, AlpInvest Partners BV

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Silver Lake Group LLC, Silver Lake Management Co. LLC purchase Weld North Holdings LLC from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP

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Cluster is transforming the way engineers are hired in the manufacturing industry. Based in Los Angeles, Cluster is the first U.S. marketplace matching Industry 4.0 skills to jobs in aviation, aerospace, defense and automotive companies in Southern California. For more information, visit

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Snackable, Inc. operates search engine to make audio as searchable as text. The company was founded by Mari Joller and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Serial Box Publishing, Inc. engages in producing and delivering team-written serialized fiction. It offers short episodes available on all devices The company was founded by Julian Yap and Molly Barton and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Awards & Honors
Publishers Weekly Magazine - Publishing Industry’s Person of the Year
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