David Pecker Biography
David Pecker (David Jay Pecker) is the chairman and CEO of American Media and is the publisher of National Enquirer, Star, Sun, Weekly World News.
He is also the publisher of Globe, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Fit Pregnancy, and Shape.
David was born a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York. David’s father was a bricklayer, who died in 1967, when Pecker was sixteen, and to support his mother, David started bookkeeping for local businesses, in New Rochelle and in The Bronx.
David Pecker Age
David is 67 years old as of 2018. He was born on September 24, 1951.
David Pecker Wife
David is married to Karen Balan. The couple got married in 1987.
David Pecker Net Worth
David has an estimated net worth of $12 million.
David Pecker Jeff Bezos
In February 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed in a Medium blog that David is blackmailing him to release his previously unlawfully retrieved intimate pictures on the internet. Jeff Bezos claimed that AMI asked him to make specific false public statements suggesting that there is no evidence of American Media, Inc’s coverage being politically motivated or influenced by political forces.
Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, attached an email allegedly from AMI content manager Dylan Howard. “In the interests of expediting the situation and with the Washington Post poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors about the National Enquirer … I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our news gathering,” the letter stated. It concluded: “It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense would prevail and quickly.”
David Pecker Trump
Since March 1998, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which David was the then CEO, began producing Trump Style, which was distributed to guests at Donald Trump’s properties. David has described himself as a close friend of Donald Trump and he supported Donald Trump’s initial run for president as part of the Reform Party in 2000.
David, in an August 2014 meeting at Trump Tower, he offered Trump that he would use the National Enquirer to catch and kill any allegations of sexual affairs against Trump.
Michael Cohen requested that David’s AMI buy the rights to Stormy Daniel’s story, though Pecker refused to do so.
March 2018, Karen McDougal filed a lawsuit against American Media in Los Angeles Superior Court. The aim was to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement preventing her from speaking about an alleged affair with Donald Trump.
David had directed American Media to purchase the exclusive rights to the story for $150,000 in 2016, allegedly to keep it from the public. The lawsuit was settled in April 2018 and McDougal was released from the agreement. AMI also agreed to feature Karen on the cover of another AMI magazine, Men’s Journal, in September 2018.
Later in April 2018, FBI agents searched the office and residences of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, in part to search for evidence of Trump’s involvement in the payment to McDougal and on July 20, 2018, a tape became public which confirmed this payment; the tape was secretly recorded by Cohen during a conversation with then-candidate Trump in 2016.
Late 2015, AMI had paid $30,000 to Dino Sajudin, a doorman at Trump Tower, to obtain the rights to his story in which he alleged Donald Trump had an affair in the 1980s that resulted in the birth of a child.
In April 2018, Dino Sajudin, identified the woman as Trump’s former housekeeper and AMI reporters were given the names of the woman and the alleged child, while Sajudin passed a lie detector test when testifying that he had heard the story from others.
Not long after the payment was made, David ordered the reporters to drop the story.
Later in April 2018, AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard denied the story was “spiked” in a catch and kill operation. He insisted that AMI did not run the story because Sajudin‘s story lacked credibility. CNN later obtained a copy of the contract between AMI and Sajudin on August 24, 2018, after AMI had released Sajudin from the contract and CNN published excerpts of the contract, which instructed Sajudin to provide “information regarding Donald Trump’s illegitimate child”, but did not contain further specifics of Sajudin’s story.
David Pecker Testimony
In April 2018, Federal investigators summoned David and AMI and David provided prosecutors details about the hush payments Michael Cohen had arranged. David was granted witness immunity in August 2018, in exchange for his testimony of Trump’s knowledge of the payments.
David Pecker House
David Pecker Postmedia
In August 2018, David resigned from the board of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and its news-publishing subsidiary. In presenting his resignation, David “noted that it is important for him to focus his efforts on ensuring that his businesses are best positioned for continued growth,” said Peter Sharpe, lead director of Postmedia’s board, in a statement.
Several media outlets in the U.S reported that David was granted immunity by federal prosecutors in connection with an investigation into payments made during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to two women who claimed to have previously had affairs with then-candidate, Donald Trump.
Postmedia issued a short news release announcing that David had resigned his seat on the boards of Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Postmedia Network Inc.