CEOs Reveal Films That Changed Their Lives
With the Academy Awards on tap for Sunday night, here’s a look at what the world’s most influential business people told FOX Business' Liz Claman about the movies that changed their lives.

Davos Film Reel Liz

In anticipation of the movie industry’s biggest awards event, the Oscars, FBN’s Liz Claman sat down with some of the most prominent business and political leaders in Davos. She asked Bill Gates, Jamie Dimon and others about their favorite movies.

Bill Gates, Microsoft

Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft

The Sound of Music

"Years ago, my wife and I watched it together and bonded over it when we were dating."

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Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola, Coke

Muhtar Kent, Chairman, President, CEO, Coca-Cola

The Longest Day

"It’s the story of D-Day and shows in the most amazing way that this must never happen again."

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Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase

Jamie Dimon, Chairman, CEO JP Morgan

Apocolypse Now

"I’m a basic guy. This movie spoke to me."

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Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs

Gary Cohn, President, COO, Goldman Sachs

Top Gun

"You can always come back from adversity!"

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Rich Gelfond, IMAX

Rich Gelfond, CEO, IMAX

Chariots of Fire

"It’s about perseverance, running toward goals and away from your demons. It definitely explains why I’m so driven."

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Bob Greifeld, NASDAQ-OMX

Bob Greifeld, CEO, NASDAQ-OMX

The Godfather

"I’m half Italian and I loved the life lessons from the strong leaders of the family."

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John Chambers, CISCO

John Chambers, Chairman, CEO Cisco


"It was a life lesson how he transformed warfare by pulling out and re-engaging so quickly but he wasn’t collaborative and that prevented him from achieving more than just being the greatest General."

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Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic

Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Deer Hunter

"I spent a year in Da Nang during the Vietnam War and I was in charge of evacuations of 22,000 wounded and K.I.A. (killed in action). The movie was so exaggerated compared to my experience which was so different. It  taught me to be skeptical of all the news and information swirling out there."

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Orit Gadiesh

Orit Gadiesh, Chairman, Bain & Company

Chariots of Fire

"A great story of a Jewish kid making it against the Oxford establishment."

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Mark Bertolini, Aetna

Mark Bertolini, CEO, Aetna

Pulp Fiction

"One minute I was putting rear axels together at the Mercury Bobcat plant in Detroit and today I’m the CEO of a Fortune 100 company. The movie is incredibly chaotic and surreal and that’s how life really is… a bit of a random walk."

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Howard Lutnick, CEO Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners

Howard Lutnick, Chairman, CEO Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners

It’s a Wonderful Life

"That moment when he talked to the townspeople to truly describe finance and mortgages.  He explained in the simplest way what a ‘run on the bank’ really is."

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Stanley Fischer

Stanley Fischer, Governor, Central Bank of Israel

The Sting

"So clever, so funny, and it taught me how to have a poker face."

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Paul Jacobs, Qualcomm

Paul Jacobs, CEO, Qualcomm

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"I was always the smart kid.  Monty Python taught me not to be so serious. Ease up a little."

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Duncan Niederauer, NYSE-Euronext

Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE-Euronext


"Bill Murray ad libbed close to the entire movie. Amazing."

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Olafur Grimsson, Iceland

Olafur Grimsson, President, Iceland

An Inconvenient Truth

"It communicated the melting of the Ice in my part of the world.  Iceland has the largest glaciers in the world. We don’t need to go to conferences to know they’re melting."

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Rick Goings, Tupperware

Rick Goings, Chairman, CEO, Tupperware

The Graduate

"This is easy. It’s a famous line: 'I have one word for you. PLASTICS.'"

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Stan Bergman, Henry Schein

Stan Bergman, Chairman, CEO, Henry Schein


"Through the story of Nelson Mandela, it’s an incredible lesson about making your enemy your friend."

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Arne Sorenson, Marriott

Arne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott

Kenneth Branaugh’s Henry V

"That motivational, pre-battle speech he gives to his motley crew, I know it by heart."

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Chris Nassetta, Hilton

Chris Nassetta, CEO, Hilton Worldwide


"All that early childhood learning I got through textbooks was put into phenomenal context."

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Oleg Deripaska, RUSAL

Oleg Deripaska, CEO, RUSAL

Anything Fellini

"During my childhood we only had Soviet propaganda films we could watch.When I got to see Federico Fellini movies, I realized, I love Fellini."

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Carlos Ghosn, Nissan-Renault

Carlos Ghosn, Chairman, CEO Nissan-Renault

The Life of Others

"A German film about the East German Communist regime. It’s about being honest in a Totalitarian regime."

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Anand Mahindra

Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra & Mahindra

Every Fellini Film

"His movies are about the magic of life meeting the magic of dreams. Fellini never let reality deny his dreams."

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Ken Frazier, MERCK

Ken Frazier, Chairman, President, CEO Merck

To Kill a Mockingbird

"It inspired me to be a lawyer and to represent people who didn’t have a voice."

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Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica

Laura Chinchilla, President, Costa Rica


"An amazing story of solidarity from someone who had nothing to offer but his humanity."

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Andrei Kostin, VTB Bank

Andrei Kostin, President, VTB Bank

The Godfather

"The philosophy, the script, the actors.. it’s a perfect film."

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Joe Jimenez, Novartis

Joe Jimenez, CEO, Novartis

Wall Street

"It helped me see excesses and what could happen if you don’t take the right path."

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Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical

Andrew Liveris, Chairman, CEO, Dow Chemical

The Graduate

"C’mon. That line, “Plastics” was a life-changer."

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Rupert Stadler, Audi

Rupert Stadler, Chairman, CEO Audi

East of Eden

"James Dean caught my attention in that movie. He drove a Porsche. Today I’m the CEO of Audi."

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Najib Tun, Razak

Dato Najib Bin Tun Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister


"The strength and character of Nelson Mandela truly came through. He found success by not being vindictive."

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CEOs Reveal Films That Changed Their Lives

With the Academy Awards on tap for Sunday night, here’s a look at what the world’s most influential business people told FOX Business' Liz Claman about the movies that changed their lives.

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