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Ted Turner

Robert Edward Turner, most known as Ted Turner is one of the most important media magnates. He started with a small family business and made his way into big international projects such as CNN, MGM and TNT. For years he has been turning small companies into leading empires. These reasons make him the best and most accurate media magnate.

This important figure was born on November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father, Robert Edward Turner Jr, was known as Ed. While Ed Turner served in the Navy during World War II, the family followed him to his Gulf Coast post; every member went, except Ted who was left behind in a boarding school in Cincinnati. When Ted was nine, the family moved to Savannah, Georgia, where Ted’s father, Ed, purchased a small billboard company he renamed Turner Advertising. During his early years Ted attended Georgia Military Academy, near Atlanta. Ed insisted in Ted’s working experience, therefore he began to work from an early age, learning every aspect of the outdoor advertising business, by the end of his teens he had become an effective salesman. Later on he went to Brown University where he was suspended during two occasions for breaking dormitory rules, but due to his grades and better behavior he received his degree. After graduation he returned to Georgia and very soon he got married. His first marriage didn’t last long and besides that deception he had to deal with his sister’s death after a long painful illness. Ted decided to focus on his work and his father promoted him as the manager of his company and future owner after his death.

He worked day and night, struggling at first but he stabilized the business and built a large fortune. By the end of the decade, Turner Advertising was the largest billboard company in the Southeast but he realized he needed advertisement in television, radio or other media so he…...

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