Ted Turner

Media Mogul + Philanthropist + Founder of Tbs and Cnn
Born Nov 19, 1938

Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the cable news network CNN, the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the United Nations, which created the United Nations Foundation, a public charity to broaden support for the UN.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ted Turner.


1938 Birth Turner was born on November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Florence (née Rooney) and Robert Edward Turner II, a billboard magnate. … Read More


1960 21 Years Old After leaving Brown University, Turner returned to the South in late 1960 to become general manager of the Macon, Georgia branch of his father's business.
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Turner's media empire began with his father's billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which he took over in 1963 after his father's suicide. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old In 1969, he sold his radio stations to buy a struggling television station in Atlanta, WJRJ, Channel 17. … Read More
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In 1976, the FCC allowed Turner's WTCG to use a satellite to transmit content to local cable TV providers around the nation. … Read More


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1981 42 Years Old In 1981, Turner Broadcasting System acquired Brut Productions from Faberge Inc.
After a failed attempt to acquire CBS, Turner purchased the film studio MGM/UA Entertainment Co. from Kirk Kerkorian in 1986 for $1.5 billion. … Read More
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In 1988, Turner purchased Jim Crockett Promotions which he renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW) which became the main competitor to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF). … Read More


1990 51 Years Old In 1990, he created the Turner Foundation, which focuses on philanthropic grants in environment and population. … Read More
1993 54 Years Old In 1993, Turner and Russian journalist Eduard Sagalajev founded The Moscow Independent Broadcasting Corporation (MIBC). … Read More
1995 56 Years Old He helped revive interest in professional wrestling by buying World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and starting the Monday Night Wars in 1995, airing Monday Nitro on his TNT head-to-head against the World Wrestling Federation's Monday Night Raw on USA. … Read More
1996 57 Years Old Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. merged with Time Warner, Inc. on October 10, 1996, with Turner as vice chairman and head of Time Warner and Turner's cable networks division. … Read More


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On January 11, 2001, Time Warner was purchased by AOL to become AOL Time Warner, a merger which Turner initially supported. … Read More
2002 63 Years Old In 2002, Turner accused Israel of terror: "The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that's all they have. … Read More
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He resigned as Time Warner vice chairman in 2003 and then from the board of directors in 2006.
2006 67 Years Old On September 19, 2006, in a Reuters Newsmaker conference, Turner said of Iran's nuclear position: "They're a sovereign state. … Read More
In 2008, Turner explained he not only regretted these statements but said he had made peace with organized religion and had worked with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and the United Methodist Church to fight malaria.
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In 2010, in the wake of both the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia on April 5, that killed 29 miners and on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 crew on April 20, Turner stated on CNN that "I'm just wondering if God is telling us He doesn't want to drill offshore. … Read More
2011 72 Years Old He apologized for that and the remarks in 2011 about the 9/11 hijackers, but also defended himself:"Look, I'm a very good thinker, but I sometimes grab the wrong word... … Read More
2012 73 Years Old In a television interview with Piers Morgan on May 3, 2012, Turner said he had four girlfriends, which he acknowledged was complicated but nonetheless easier than being married.
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However, in 2013 he declared himself still to be agnostic, saying that he still prays for friends when they are sick, because "it can't hurt anything".
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