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Disney CEO Iger doesn’t rule out second career in politics

Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.
Katie Kramer | CNBC
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

Disney CEO Bob Iger is focused on running one of the world's largest media corporations. But the media chief isn't ruling out running for elected office someday.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iger said he is interested in politics and many people have encouraged him to seek office.

"I will not be specific about any office. I wouldn't rule in or rule out," Iger said. "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." Iger talked to the trade publication as part of its "Power 100" issue, in which Iger was named the most powerful executive in Hollywood.

Iger, who started his career as a weatherman in Ithaca, New York, is a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter this election cycle. During his 11 years as Disney CEO, he has overseen acquisitions of Pixar and Lucasfilm, and the company's stock has risen substantially.

Iger is not the first media executive to be mentioned as a possible political candidate. Former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, once a top aide to New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in the '70s, was frequently rumored to have political ambitions, and his name was even floated as a possible Cabinet member appointee under President George W. Bush.