There are few companies more beloved in the world than The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). Between its magical amusement parks that attract nearly 150 million visitors from around the globe and its endless stream of blockbuster movie productions, Disney has become the most powerful brand on the planet. With a market capitalization of $165 billion and 2015 revenues of $52.5 billion, Disney ranks among the 30 most valuable companies in the world. In the 10 years since 2006, Disney has delivered a total shareholder return of 393%, with a nearly 20% annual increase in earnings per share (EPS). While there is really no secret to how Disney drives shareholder returns, there are a number of intriguing things about the company that most people probably don’t know.

Disney’s Broadcast Networks Drive Nearly Half of its Revenue

Most people are familiar with the Disney brand because of its world-class amusement parks and wonderful movies. However, it is Disney’s media networks business that drives the largest portion of revenue for the company. Its broadcasting and cable networks include the American Broadcasting Company, ESPN, Disney Channels Worldwide, A&E Networks and History Network, which all combined for more than 43% of Disney’s revenues in 2015.

Disney Becomes Studio Powerhouse Through Acquisitions

Most of Disney’s highest-grossing films since 2006 were made possible by its acquisitions of Pixar Inc., Marvel Worldwide Inc. and Lucasfilm Ltd. Disney purchased Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion, Marvel in 2009 for $4 billion and Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4 billion These movies include "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Avengers," "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," "Frozen," "Iron Man 3" and "Toy Story 3," all of which earned more than $1 billion. Three other films that grossed more than $1 billion, which were "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and "Alice in Wonderland,” were from Disney Studios.

Steve Jobs Becomes Disney’s Largest Shareholder

Since the release of the first Mickey Mouse feature in 1927, Disney has always been at the forefront of animated cinema. It was with the acquisition of Pixar Inc. in 2006, however, when Disney left all other animation studios in the dust. Along with Pixar, Disney got its founder Steve Jobs, also the founder of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: APPL). The acquisition gave Jobs a 7% stake in the company, making him Disney’s largest shareholder. He also served on Disney’s board of directors. Following Disney’s acquisition of Pixar, the studio produced some of the highest-grossing animated films of all-time, including “Toy Story,” "Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo.”

Social Media Giants Occupy Disney Board Seats

Disney likes to keep its finger on the pulse of social media. Two members of its board of directors are senior executives at two of the largest social media companies, Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB). Jack Dorsey is Chairman of Twitter Inc. and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and co-founder of Square Inc. (NYSE: SQ) Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook Inc.

After 10 Record Years of Growth, Disney CEO Gets a Pay Cut

In 2015, Disney CEO Robert A. Iger received total compensation of $45 million, including salary, bonus and stock awards. That was 3% less than the $46.5 million he earned in 2014. The pay cut was in line with the performance metrics that Disney uses to determine compensation. While 2015 was another strong year for growth, it wasn’t as strong as 2014, hence the slight pay cut.

Walt Disney World Resort Is Largest Single-Site Employer

Set on 25,000 acres of former swampland in Florida, Walt Disney World Resort is the largest resort in the United States. It is also the largest single-site employer, with more than 62,000 employees, referred to as “cast members.” The site includes the Magic Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

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