Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III, born 19 November, 1938, is an American media mogul and philanthropist.
As a businessman, he is best known as the founder of the cable television network CNN, the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. In addition to CNN, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is well known for his $1 billion pledge to the United Nations donated through his United Nations Foundation.
Turner’s media empire began with his father’s billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which was worth approximately one million dollars when Turner took it over in 1963. His Cable News Network revolutionised news media, coming to the forefront covering the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster and 1991 Gulf War. Using his media empire for publicity, Turner turned the Atlanta Braves baseball team into a nationally popular franchise and launched the charitable Goodwill Games.
In addition to his charitable donations, Turner has devoted his assets to a blend of environmentalism and capitalism. He also created the environmental education/action animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. On April 26th, 2007 Ted Turner was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame.
Quote: “I’d say the chances are about 50-50 that humanity will be extinct or nearly extinct within 50 years. Weapons of mass destruction, disease, I mean this global warming is scaring the living daylights out of me.”