|Born||Yaniv Issac Yacobi|
November 8, 1983
Tel Aviv, Israel
|📆 Years active||2002–present|
Jacobi Niv (Born Yaniv Issac Yacobi) is an American Israeli-born entrepreneur who was associated with American broadcaster Larry King.
In 2004, Niv co-founded the Israeli magazine Koteret and recruited several prominent Israeli journalists such as Ofri Ilani to the periodical, which folded after several issues. Niv later founded LK Eyewear LLC, but the enterprise never got off the ground.
Niv was introduced to King around 2011 and the two became friends and would partner on several business ventures, such as an online store for adult incontinence products. Niv also hired King to do infomercials and narrate videos for various companies and organizations in Israel, where King is well-known. Though Niv would describe himself in Israeli media as president of the “Larry King Foundation”; “KING Entertainment Group”; and “Larry King Holding Company,” these entities never existed and Niv later admitted to making up the names “to describe what we are doing.”
Niv and King co-founded LCI-Life Changing Internet LLC in California in 2012, which was to develop digital platforms and content. The venture was unsuccessful.
In 2014, Niv announced the launch “Israel Silicon Valley Chambers of Commerce” in partnership with King and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. However, the venture failed to be realized after preliminary discussions.
In 2019, Niv was approached by Itai Rapoport, a former journalist who owns a company that produces promotional videos, about featuring King in "an online conference on U.S-China relations". Niv gave King a list of scripted questions to read. These were later edited into a video of comments by Russian journalist Anastasia Dolgova on the topic of Guo Wengui, a Chinese dissident in New York City whom the Chinese government seeks to have deported and whom Dolgova alleged had committed a number of crimes. The video was edited to give the appearance of King and Dolgova having a live conversation however the questions and answers were recorded separately and King, reading a script, was unaware of her responses, which repeated the line of the Chinese government on the issue. Once King's own production company saw the completed video, they refused to post it online and asked that it not be released. Niv disregarded their objections and released the video independently on YouTube. King's family insisted that it be removed but once Niv took it down he found that it had been duplicated and gone viral on Twitter due to the efforts of what ProPublica alleges are Chinese government run social media accounts. On July 30, 2020 Propublica reported that as a result of the incident, King has severed his relationship with Niv, saying he believes Niv took advantage of their friendship.
On August 20 2020, Larry King and Jacobi Niv announced the launch of their e-commerce and education platform Royal Age.
- "The Disinfomercial: How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda". ProPublica. July 30, 2020. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
- "Larry King funds venture promoting Israeli high tech". The Times of Israel. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- Hoffman, Tzahi (21 January 2014). "Larry King, Technion team to promote Israeli high tech". Globes. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- Benari, Elad (January 28, 2014). "Larry King to Help Israeli High-Tech". Israel National News. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- "Larry King's New Website For Seniors". WFLA-TV. News Channel 8. September 8, 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2021. Unknown parameter
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