Jeffrey D. Jacobs is best known as the architect behind the growth and development of one of the most powerful and valuable brand names in the world – Oprah/Harpo. From 1984 to 2002, Jeff partnered with Oprah Winfrey to build a global multi-media empire around Oprah-branded entertainment and content.
First as Oprah’s attorney/manager and then as co-founder, partner and president of Harpo Entertainment Group, it was Jacobs’ vision that first recognized Oprah’s multi-media potential which led them to create the infrastructure that would enable him and Winfrey to build “Oprah” into a global entertainment and cultural brand. In the process, Jacobs developed corporate partnerships with companies such as Disney, ABC, King World, and Hearst – important distribution relationships that dramatically extended the reach and influence of the Oprah brand on television, the internet, print media, and film, while creating record revenue and profits.
Before partnering with Winfrey, Jacobs worked as an attorney, first practicing law as a litigator and then evolving as an attorney/agent for professional athletes and media celebrities. As an adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Jacobs has taught and lectured on the media and intellectual property.
Jacobs currently sits on The Santa Barbara Children’s Museum Board and has been a member of YPO/WPO. He previously served on the boards of Prosper.com, television station group Granite Broadcasting, and is a former trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Jacobs earned his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1974 where he also founded the Civitas Childlaw Center.