Peter Guber, a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for more than 35 years, is currently in his ninth season as owner of the Golden State Warriors. As co-executive chairman, he and Joe Lacob were the driving forces behind the current ownership group’s bid to purchase the Warriors in 2010. In 2018, the Warriors captured their third NBA title in four seasons, becoming the seventh franchise in NBA history to repeat as champions. Additionally, the Warriors were named "Sports Team of the Year” by the Sports Business Journal/Daily in 2014 and 2016 in recognition of the organization’s innovative and successful business practices, becoming the first team to win the prestigious award more than once.
Guber brings lifelong experience in sports and location-based entertainment, recognizing the importance of enhancing every aspect of fan experience. In January 2017, Guber joined Lacob, team president Rick Welts, Head Coach Steve Kerr and forward Kevin Durant as the Warriors broke ground on Chase Center, the team’s state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, which is set to open in fall of 2019.
One of the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries, Guber’s impressive resume includes serving as the Chairman & CEO of Sony Entertainment, President of Columbia Pictures, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment and Co-Owner and Co-Chairman of Casablanca Record & Filmworks. Among the films he personally produced or executive produced are Rain Man (Academy Award – Best Picture), Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance. Guber’s personal movies have earned more than $3 billion worldwide, while also garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations.
Guber is the Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, a visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports and digital media. Mandalay’s feature films include Soul Surfer, The Kids Are All Right, Bernie, Donnie Brasco and Sleepy Hollow, among many others, including the most recent film Afterburn, starring Gerard Butler, which begins filming in London this fall. Guber expanded Mandalay into a national entertainment sports provider where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and is the Managing Director of Mandalay Baseball LLC, a joint venture with the Los Angeles Dodgers that acquired the Triple-A affiliated Minor League Baseball franchise in Oklahoma City, which became the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers.
Guber, together with Guggenheim Group and Magic Johnson, acquired the Los Angeles Dodgers in May 2012. Under their ownership, the franchise has won five consecutive National League West division titles.
In October of 2014, Guber became the owner and executive chairman of Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), which made their debut in 2018 in the Banc of California Stadium, the first new open-air stadium built in the city of Los Angeles since Dodger Stadium in 1962.
Guber, along with Ted Leonsis and Jeff Vinik, serve as co-executive chairman of aXiomatic, a broad-based esports and gaming company. The company has a majority stake in Team Liquid, a top esports team in the U.S. and Europe competing in eleven titles and the winners of the 2017 DOTA 2 International Championships which boasted the largest purse in esports history. aXiomatic also has stakes in esports companies Super League Gaming, Gamer Sensei and Bitkraft.
In June 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Guber to the is a prestigious position of Regent of the University of California. Additionally, Guber serves a full professor at UCLA, teaching at the Anderson School of Management and the School of Theater, Film, Television and Digital Media. He is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the winner of UCLA’s prestigious Service Award for his accomplishments in association with the school. Guber is the founding member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
A noted author, Guber’s third book, Tell To Win – Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, was published by Crown Business and became an instant #1 New York Times, Amazon, and Wall Street Journal bestseller. The book is in its 18th printing.
Guber was recruited by Columbia Pictures out of NYU’s Graduate School of Business, where he was pursuing an MBA. He holds a BA, Master of Law and Juris Doctorate degrees. He received his honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut; was named Albert Gallatin Fellow at New York University; is a recipient of Syracuse University’s George Arents Pioneer Award, the highest honor that can be given to an alumnus, for his distinguished work in film. In 2016, Guber was named Business Person of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal.