NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer and wife split
By Ian Mohr and Emily Smith
Hollywood power player Ron Meyer and his wife of 25 years have separated, Page Six exclusively has learned.
Meyer — vice chairman of NBCUniversal and CAA co-founder — and his wife, Kelly Chapman Meyer, have been quietly telling close friends about the split, we hear, and the breakup has been whispered about around town.
The couple told Page Six in a statement when reached for comment: “Together, we’ve made the difficult decision to separate after 28 years. While we’ve grown apart, we remain best of friends and will always share the love we have for our beautiful family.” (The couple’s been together for 28 years and married for 25.)
We hear that things are so amicable that the pair is still cohabitating in their famed Malibu beach compound, and that they’re not yet filing divorce papers. Then again, at 13,693 square feet, each has plenty of space to be alone. The house has been known as a hot ticket for Hollywood parties, as Meyer’s personally guided the careers of stars including Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep and Cher.
Kelly, a co-founder of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, is Meyer’s second wife, and the couple have two grown kids. Ron also has two adult children from his first marriage, to Ellen Meyer — movie production exec Sarah Meyer and Jennifer Meyer, the celebrity jeweler who split from Tobey Maguire in 2016.
Also in 2016, Ron extended his contract with Universal for five years. He’d previously been the head of Universal Studios for 18 years.
According to the CAA exposé “Powerhouse,” Meyer once dated movie star Ali MacGraw, who walked out on him because he refused to get off the phone with a client.
If there are divorce papers filed, Meyer — who’s been called King Mensch in Hollywood — once told the Wall Street Journal of his business style: “People should never mistake niceness for weakness . . . I think peace is better than war.”