- NAME: Ted Turner
- OCCUPATION: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
- BIRTH DATE: November 19, 1938 (Age: 74)
- EDUCATION: Brown University, McCallie School, Georgia Military Academy
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Full Name: Robert Edward Turner III
- Nickname: Mouth of the South
- Nickname: Captain Outrageous
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Ted Turner is a television and media magnate who founded CNN, the first 24-Hour cable news network.
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He rebranded once again, changing his company’s name to Turner Broadcasting Company. During the late 1970s he conceived the idea for an all-news network. Cable News Network (CNN) first aired in 1980. Six years later it was in the black. In 1985, Turner used some of his profits to buy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Also in the 1980s,
Turner began coloring films but eventually decided the cost was impractical.
In 1992 he created the Cartoon Network in addition to launching Turner Network Television (TNT) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In 1996, with Turner Broadcasting a leader in both the television and Internet industries, Turner sold the company to Time Warner for $7.5 billion dollars. After the merger, Turner stayed on and ran the company’s cable networks, including Home Box Office (HBO). In 2001, Time Warner merged with America Online (AOL). The following year Turner took a stab at an entirely new business venture, a steakhouse serving bison, called Ted’s Montana Grill.
Over the course of his successful career in broadcasting, Ted Turner married and divorced three times. His most famous marriage was his third, to actress and activist Jane Fonda. The celebrity couple married in 1991 and divorced a decade later over a disagreement on religious beliefs. In total, Turner has five children—two from his first marriage to Judy Gale Nye, and three from his second marriage to Jane Shirley Smith.
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