Ted Turner is a man with unprecedented business savvy. He was named Time magazine’s 1991 Man of the Year. Turner began his business career as an account executive for Turner Advertising Company (now TBS, Inc.), and in 1963, became president and chief operating officer. He held this position until the company’s merger with Time Warner in 1996.
The aggressive billionaire built a communications empire from his father’s billboard business. He entered the television business in 1970 with the purchase of an Atlanta independent UHF television station. After six years, he diversified the company by purchasing MLB’s Atlanta Braves. Since that he has gone on to found the most successful news network in America, CNN, as well as Turner Network Television.
In 1985, Turner originated the Goodwill Games as a quadrennial, multi-sport, international, world-class competition. He is a firm believer in giving back to others, and has donated over $200 million dollars to charity in 1994 alone.
Only handful of people have understood and reacted to American business better than Turner. As an executive with incredible vision, Turner has an amazing story to tell.