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Ted Turner

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
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Profession: Founder of CNN

United States of America

Why Famous: Media mogul who most notably was the founder of the Cable News Network (CNN), the world's first 24-hour cable news channel.

Turner owned the Atlanta Braves baseball team from 1976 to 1996 and in 1977 successfully defended sailing's America's Cup for the USA.

Donated US$1 billion in 1997 to support the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation.

Born: November 19, 1938
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Age: 81 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Married Life

  • 1991-12-21 Actress Jane Fonda (55) weds CNN founder Ted Turner at the groom's home in north Florida
  • 2001-05-22 Actress and former fitness guru Jane Fonda (63) divorces CNN founder Ted Turner (62) due to irretrievably broken marriage 10 years after getting married

Events in the Life of Ted Turner

  • 1976-01-06 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million
  • 1976-01-14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
  • 1977-01-02 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing
  • 1977-05-11 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
  • 1985-07-03 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover
  • 1987-01-20 8th ACE Cable Awards: Ted Turner wins the Golden CableACE
  • 1990-12-07 Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement
  • 1991-12-28 Ted Turner is named Time Magazine Man of Year
  • 1997-09-18 Ted Turner gives $1 billion to the United Nations, creating the public charity, the United Nations Foundation

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