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Famous people who used to be weather forecasters

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 16, 2012, 9:17 a.m.
Bob Iger

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The local weather forecaster goes corporate: Bob Iger

Although most of the former weather forecasters on this list have a continued presence on television in one capacity or another, an erstwhile weatherman out of Ithaca, N.Y., took a decidedly different route as president and CEO of the Walt Disney Company and a prominent member of the Apple board of directors. That’s right, Bob Iger, one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry, got his start as a local weatherman in upstate New York after graduating from Ithaca College’s Roy S. Park School of Communications. In 1974, Long Island-born Iger ditched meteorology and began working for ABC and quickly climbed the corporate ranks within the media giant. In 1999, Iger was named president of Walt Disney International before being promoted to Disney’s president and COO in 2000 and, in 2005, president and CEO of Disney, succeeding Michael Eisner. Iger, who oversaw Disney’s acquisition of Apple-owned Pixar in 2006, probably brings in a few more pesos than he would as a local TV weatherman: His reported compensation as the CEO of Disney was more than $29 million in 2009.