65 Bob Iger Quotes from the Ex-CEO of Walt Disney Company

Robert A. Iger is a well-known business leader serving as the CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

He first held this position from 2005 to 2020 and returned to it in November 2022 after having served as Executive Chairman.

Under his leadership, Disney has focused on creative content innovation technology and global expansion.

Bob Iger

Iger has also been responsible for major acquisitions such as Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox and for the launch of Disney+.

The company has received numerous accolades during his tenure. Iger’s career with Disney began in 1996 and he has previously served as President and COO.

In 2023 he was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People.

He has also received numerous other awards and honors serves on several boards and is an author.

In this post, I have listed some of the powerful quotes by Bob Iger.

Best Bob Iger Quotes


The riskiest thing we can do is just maintain the status quo. ~ Bob Iger.


I began as a weatherman and I learned very quickly I wasn’t very good at it. ~ Bob Iger.


I started off wanting very much to be a newscaster. ~ Bob Iger.


We like the size of the company today given the environment and have no plans to split it up and make it smaller. ~ Bob Iger.

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I’ve certainly had a number of failures along the way, depending on my own instincts and creativity, some fairly celebrated, at least during their time. ~ Bob Iger.


I think it is incredibly important to be open and accessible and treat people fairly and look them in the eye and tell them what is on your mind. ~ Bob Iger.

If someone comes to you with, ‘It’s my kid’s graduation,’ you don’t tell them, ‘Sorry, you can’t go to that.’ You just don’t do that. You figure out some other way. ~ Bob Iger.

The path to innovation begins with curiosity. ~ Robert Iger.


Empathy is a prerequisite to the sound management of creativity, and respect is critical. ~ Robert Iger.


If you approach and engage people with respect and empathy, the seemingly impossible can become real. ~ Robert Iger.


If something doesn’t feel right to you, then it’s probably not right for you. ~ Robert Iger.

I have this lust for the so-called South Seas. I would like to explore every corner of the Pacific. You know the song: ‘To everything turn, turn, turn, there is a season.’ It’s just time. ~ Bob Iger.


I don’t happen to believe, by the way, that immigration policies that single people out because of religion, for instance, are fair and just. ~ Bob Iger.

It’s in our best interest to put some of the old rules aside and create new ones and follow the consumer – what the consumer wants and where the consumer wants to go. ~ Bob Iger.

It’s not that I’m a daredevil. But I’m just generally not a fearful person. I don’t conduct my life worrying about what could happen, what may happen. ~ Bob Iger.


I just was built with an innate ability to not let fear guide me in how I run my life. ~ Bob Iger.

If we give people the ability to buy a lot more because they can store a lot more, for a company that creates TV shows and movies, that’s fantastic. ~ Bob Iger.

Top Bob Iger Quotes

People don’t like to follow pessimists. ~ Bob Iger.

I’m committed to increasing long-term value for shareholders and am confident we will continue to do so through the successful execution of our core strategic priorities: the creation of high quality, branded content and experiences, the use of technology, and creating growth in numerous and exciting international markets. ~ Bob Iger.


I’m not a big believer in second-guessing decisions. ~ Bob Iger.

What I’ve really learned over time is that optimism is a very, very important part of leadership. ~ Bob Iger.

Where we are as a nation is due to having an openness to the people of the world. It’s incredibly important. I firmly believe that we cannot shut our borders to immigrants. I think a fair and just immigration policy is good for our country and good for our society. ~ Bob Iger.

You can’t allow tradition to get in the way of innovation. There’s a need to respect the past, but it’s a mistake to revere your past. ~ Bob Iger.


I get up at 4:30 in the morning, seven days a week, no matter where I am in the world. ~ Bob Iger.

Optimism sets a different machine in motion. ~ Bob Iger.

I’m a big believer in investing for the long term, and the decisions you make shouldn’t be made if the economy is good or bad at a specific time. ~ Bob Iger.


I think it is important for people who are given leadership roles to assume that role immediately. ~ Bob Iger.

Famous Bob Iger Quotes

I’m privileged and grateful to lead The Walt Disney Company and our talented, dedicated team at this exciting time. ~ Bob Iger.


We have a unique opportunity as Disney because it really is the only true global entertainment brand. ~ Bob Iger.

The attributes we’re focused on for Mickey are exactly the ones Walt had in mind in the first place. The original Mickey was impish and irreverent. Walt sanitized him because when Mickey got so popular, there was a fear that his behavior was influencing kids. ~ Bob Iger.

People go to Disney because they know its brand attributes. We believe we have an opportunity to go with our content directly to consumers. ~ Bob Iger.

You try things creatively all the time, and while you want every one of them to be great, and you set out to do that, that’s not always going to end up being the case. ~ Bob Iger.


Keeping it simple for the consumer is incredibly dire. ~ Bob Iger.

I don’t get described as necessarily being aggressive. I don’t know if ‘laid-back’ is the word. I think, if anything, what I would want people to say about me is, ‘I think he had guts.’ ~ Bob Iger.

I have a fondness for jazz, particularly for jazz singers, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald all the way through the Sinatra era. ~ Bob Iger.

It’s a good time to be in the content business though, the branded content business. ~ Bob Iger.


I’m a lifetime Green Bay Packers fan. ~ Bob Iger.

People gravitate to what they believe to be popular… Technology is enabling even more of that. ~ Bob Iger.

The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation. ~ Bob Iger.

Inspirational Bob Iger Quotes

Sometimes I feel like I’m a contestant in a reality show that probably would be called The Apprentice Survivor Millionaire. ~ Bob Iger.


I ride a bike and use aerobic equipment twice a week, and work out with a trainer, lifting weights. ~ Bob Iger.

Success can breed all kinds of other behavior and cause companies to behave a certain way that isn’t necessarily the ingredients for achieving more success. For instance, with success comes arrogance, and that’s typically the death of success. ~ Bob Iger.

Even though I started off being interested in news, and I spent 13 years of my career working in television sports, I always was passionate about television and movies. ~ Bob Iger.

Are there challenges? Absolutely. But in aggregate, this is a very strong and valuable company. ~ Bob Iger.

Honestly, I’m interested in politics; I’m interested in giving back in some form, performing some sort of civic duty. But I’m not exploring a run for governor or senator or anything along those lines. I’m focused on running Disney. ~ Bob Iger.


People still love a good story, and I don’t think that will change. ~ Bob Iger.

We really believe that Walt Disney is a very able company with great depth and a great set of franchises. ~ Bob Iger.

Popular Bob Iger Quotes

There is no science in creativity. If you don’t give yourself room to fail, you won’t innovate. ~ Bob Iger.


I drive myself to and from work. I love the privacy. ~ Bob Iger.

Don’t be in the business of playing it safe. Be in the business of creating possibilities for greatness. ~ Bob Iger.

A lot of people – a lot – have urged me to seek political office. All kinds of different jobs. Everybody has got a different idea for me, except all roads lead through my wife. ~ Bob Iger.

When you run the Walt Disney Co., you gain a fair amount of experience in customer-facing businesses, particularly in site-based entertainment. I have a lot of experience in marketing, a lot of experience in selling, particularly tickets to site-based entertainment or movies or whatever. ~ Bob Iger.

It’s not about how much you make: it’s about how good the quality is. You’ll be better off as a company making fewer things and concentrating on those and how you bring those to market… in a very less cluttered way, even though the marketplace is more cluttered. ~ Bob Iger.


I don’t want to sound too critical, but we’re taking a wait-and-see approach on UltraViolet. ~ Bob Iger.

Are we blasphemous in saying that 2-D is largely a thing of the past, and computer-generated animation is the present and future? It’s all about creating a better experience for the viewer – and that includes 3-D. ~ Bob Iger.

I never judge myself according to the expectations of others. I judge myself by the jobs I’ve been given over the years and by the extent to which I succeeded in those jobs. ~ Bob Iger.

Great Bob Iger Quotes

No one wants to follow a pessimist… You can be skeptical, you can be realistic, but you can’t be cynical. If your boss is Eeyore, do you want to work with someone like that? Oh, bother. ~ Bob Iger.


The people you lead need to feel confident in your ability to focus on what matters, and not to operate from a place of defensiveness and self-preservation. ~ Bob Iger.

Netflix, Amazon, iTunes – whatever platforms emerge – we are looking at as having the same potential that home video had for the movie business. Which means there are entirely new opportunities to monetize our capital investment in content and do so in ways that work for distributors, for consumers and for creators. ~ Bob Iger.

I had worked at Disney since they bought the company that I had worked for, ABC in the mid-90s. ~ Bob Iger.

For us to grow globally, it’s not enough to just be an exporter. We have to be a creator. ~ Bob Iger.

We’re delighted to be working with Apple to offer fans a new and innovative way to experience our wildly popular shows. ~ Bob Iger.

So these were the 65 top Bob Iger quotes and sayings.

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