Richard Sarnoff

Chairman of Media, Entertainment, and Education for KKR's Private Equity platform in the Americas


Richard Sarnoff is Chairman of Media, KKR Americas Private Equity. Prior to 2022, he served as Partner and Head of the Media, Entertainment and Education group at KKR. Mr. Sarnoff currently serves on the Board of Directors of OverDrive, Teaching Strategies, Chegg, AST SpaceMobile, Lightcast, and numerous not-for-profit organizations. Prior to KKR, he was a longstanding senior executive at Bertelsmann AG, Europe’s largest media company, in roles including EVP and CFO of Random House, Bertelsmann’s US-based book division, during which time he also chaired the Assoc. of American Publishers. He established Bertelsmann's digital media arm, BDMI, and as President oversaw the corporation’s global investment activities in digital media. In 2008, Mr. Sarnoff was named Co-Chairman of Bertelsmann’s US holding company, Bertelsmann Inc., and served on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG for 6 years. He holds a BA from Princeton University in Art History and an MBA from Harvard University.