Person 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 Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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: 61

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?

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Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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: 51

Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist Film Producer, + more

Credits: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strange Brew, National Treasure: Book of Secrets

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Ted Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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 ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Captain Planet and the Planeteers, WCW Monday Nitro, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Portrait of the World USSR

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Merv Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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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#1090 on The Locations of All Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars

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Silvio Berlusconi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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: 79

Birthplace: Lombardy, Eurasia, Italy, Milan Province of Milan

Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Media proprietor

Credits: Mediterraneo, Volere volare

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Anne Cox Chambers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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: 96

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Diplomat, Media proprietor

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Robert Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Media Proprietors
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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: Ukraine, Eurasia, Solotvyno

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, ...more

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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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#80 on Forbes 400 Top Richest People in America

#15 on Wealthiest Immigrants in America

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