List of Famous Media Proprietors People

List of Famous Media Proprietors

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List of famous media proprietors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top media proprietors in the world? This includes the most prominent media proprietors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable media proprietors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic media proprietors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned media proprietors.

These people, like Glenn Beck and Oprah Winfrey include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known media proprietors to the lesser known media proprietors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the media proprietor field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous media proprietors ever?" and "What are the names of famous media proprietors?" then you're in the right place. (44 items)


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    Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: USA, Kosciusko, Mississippi
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler, + more
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    Glenn Beck
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    Glenn Lee Beck is an American television personality and radio host, conservative political commentator, author, television network producer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He hosts the Glenn Beck Radio Program, a popular nationally syndicated talk-radio show that airs throughout the United States on ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Everett, USA, Washington
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Glenn Beck, For the Record, Beck '08: Unelectable, Glenn Beck Program
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    Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network more popularly known as CNN, the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Gods and Generals, WCW Monday Nitro, WCW Thunder
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    Merv Griffin
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    Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)
    • Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Business magnate, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy, Dance Fever, + more
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    Silvio Berlusconi
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    Silvio Berlusconi is an Italian media tycoon and politician who served three times as Prime Minister of Italy, from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2011. Berlusconi is the controlling shareholder of Mediaset and owner of the Italian football club A.C. Milan since 1986. He is nicknamed Il ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Media proprietor
    • Credits: Mediterraneo, Volere volare
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    Anne Cox Chambers
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    Anne Beau Cox Chambers is an American media proprietor, who has a stake of interest in Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable television, and other businesses. She is the daughter of James M. Cox, a newspaper publisher and 1920 Democratic ...more

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    • Age: age 96
    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Diplomat, Media proprietor
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    Robert Maxwell
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    Ian Robert Maxwell, MC was a Czechoslovakian-born British media proprietor and Member of Parliament. He rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire. His death revealed huge discrepancies in his companies' finances, including the Mirror Group pension fund, which Maxwell had fraudulently ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1923-1991)
    • Birthplace: Solotvyno, Ukraine
    • Profession: Publisher, Media proprietor
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    Haim Saban is an Israeli and American media proprietor, investor, philanthropist, musician, record, film & television producer. An accomplished businessman primarily involved with business interests pertaining to financial services, entertainment, and media, and an estimated net worth of $3 billion, he ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television producer, Screenwriter, Media proprietor
    • Credits: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Inspector Gadget, Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie, Power Rangers, Kidd Video, + more
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    Jack Warner
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    Jack Warner was a film producer and a business person.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1892-1978)
    • Birthplace: London, Canada
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer
    • Credits: My Fair Lady, Arsenic and Old Lace, Yankee Doodle Dandy, To Have and Have Not, Camelot, + more
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    Mortimer Benjamin "Mort" Zuckerman is a Canadian-born American media proprietor, magazine editor, and investor. He is the co-founder, executive chairman and former CEO of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the United States. Zuckerman is also the owner and publisher ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Editor, Publisher, Businessperson, Real estate entrepreneur, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Home of the Brave, The McLaughlin Group
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    Conrad Black
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    Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, KSG is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and writer. He is a non-affiliated life peer, and a convicted felon in the United States for fraud. Black controlled Hollinger International, once the world's third-largest English-language ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Publisher, Businessperson, Investor, Historian, Author, + more
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    Sir Douglas Frank Hewson Packer, KBE, was an Australian media proprietor who controlled Australian Consolidated Press and the Nine Network. He was the patriarch of the Packer family.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1906-1974)
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Media proprietor
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    Frank Evers

    Frank Evers is an American businessman, the CEO of INSTITUTE and the President of Evergreen Pictures.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
    • Profession: Film Producer, Media proprietor
    • Credits: The Silence, Beauty Culture
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    Samuel Louis "Sam" Warner was a Polish-born American film producer who was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Studios. He established the studio along with his brothers Harry, Albert, and Jack Warner. Sam Warner is credited with procuring the technology that enabled Warner Bros.more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1887-1927)
    • Birthplace: Krasnosielc, Poland
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Media proprietor
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    Harry Warner

    Harry Warner
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    Harry Morris Warner was a Polish-born American studio executive, one of the founders of Warner Bros., and a major contributor to the development of the film industry. Along with his three brothers Warner played a crucial role in the film business and played a key role in establishing Warner Bros.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1881-1958)
    • Birthplace: Krasnosielc, Poland
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Media proprietor
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    Dr. Subhash Chandra is an Indian media mogul who is chairman of Essel Group, an Indian conglomerate. He launched the country's first satellite television channel Zee TV in 1992 and later the first private news channel, Zee News. His business interests also include a newspaper chain, cable systems, ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Hisar, India, Haryana, Hisar
    • Profession: Media proprietor
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    Lew Grade
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    Lew Grade, Baron Grade, O.St.J., KC*SS, born Lovat or Lev Winogradsky, was a Ukrainian-born British media proprietor and impresario. Originally a dancer, and later a talent agent, Grade's interest in television production began in 1954 when, in partnership, he successfully bid for franchises in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1906-1998)
    • Birthplace: Tokmak, Ukraine
    • Profession: Impresario, Talent agent, Television producer, Film Producer, Media proprietor, + more
    • Credits: Autumn Sonata, Jesus of Nazareth, The Cassandra Crossing, Raise the Titanic, The Big Sleep, + more
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Profession: Master of Ceremonies, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper, + more
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    John White Hughes Bassett, PC CC OOnt was a Canadian media proprietor and politician. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he was the son of John Bassett, publisher of the Montreal Gazette, and Margaret Avery. Bassett attended Ashbury College and graduated from Bishop's University with a BA in 1936. He became a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1915-1998)
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Publisher, Media proprietor
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    Frank O'Bannon
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    Frank Lewis O'Bannon was an American politician who was the 47th Governor of Indiana from 1997 until his death in 2003. O'Bannon is a native of Corydon, Indiana. He attended Corydon Central High School and then Indiana University, where he met his wife Judy. In Corydon he served as a practicing attorney ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1930-2003)
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Media proprietor
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