Ted Turner is a well-known person whose real name is Robert Edward Turner III. He is an American TV producer, businessman, media mogul, and philanthropist. Turner is also known for being the head of the United Nations Foundation.
Ted Turner: Early Years
He was born on November 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he was a young boy, his family moved to Savannah, Georgia. Turner went to The McCallie School, a private school for boys only in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He then went to Brown University, where he was captain of the sailing team and vice president of the Brown Debating Union. His major was Classics, which was a big letdown for his father. So, he changed his major to Economics later on. He was kicked out of Brown University before finishing because he was caught with a girl in his dorm.
Ted Turner: Career
He is well-known for starting CNN, the first cable news channel on all the time. As a philanthropist, he is best known for giving $1 billion to the United Nations, which helped start the United Nations Foundation.
He also started WTBS, which was the first superstation for cable TV. Turner has also given some of his money to groups that work to protect the environment. He owned more land than anyone else in the United States until John C. Malone passed him in 2011.
Turner Advertising Company
Turner took over his father's Billboard business in Macon, Georgia, after he was kicked out of school. In March 1963, his father killed himself, so he took over as president and CEO of the Turner Advertising Company. The business did very well, especially during the Vietnam War, and Turner bought many Southern radio stations with the money he made.
Turner made Turner Entertainment in 1986 to manage the movies, and TV shows that Turner owned. Turner bought the library of 2,200 films made by MGM before 1986 and had them shown on all his TV stations across the country.
Turner showed colorized versions of older movies initially shot in black and white. This made movie fans all over the government angry.
Ted Turner: Other Works
“The Planeteers,” an animated show on TV, was also made by Ted Turner. He was one of the people who started Ted's Montana Grill, which now has 46 restaurants in 16 states. Turner and restaurant owner George McKerrow Jr. opened the first Ted's Montana Grill in 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.
Ted Turner's Net Worth
Robert Edward Turner III is an American who runs a business and makes TV shows. Celebrity Net Worth says that Turner is worth $2.2 Billion.
Ted Turner got rich by starting CNN, TNT, and TBS, and he also used to own the Atlanta Braves. Ted Turner started CNN, WTBS, MGM, TNT, and Cartoon Network. He left his mark on the media world by doing this.
Ted Turner: Personal Life
Turner got married and split up three times in his life. In 1960, he married Julia Gale Nye. In 1964, they split up. In 1965, he got married to Jane Shirley Smith. They got a divorce in 1988.
He married the actress Jane Fonda in 1991, and the couple later divorced. Robert Edward Turner IV, Robert Edward Turner III, Laura Turner, Beau Turner, Rhett Turner, and Jennie Turner are his other four children (daughter).
Is Ted Turner Still Alive?
During an interview on CBS, Ted Turner said he had Lewy body dementia. This is a common way to forget things after Alzheimer's. The business mogul still has the disorder, which makes people wonder if the legend is still alive. Yes, Ted Turner is still alive. He is 83 years old right now. Ted is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors right now.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Ted Turner?
Ted Turner is an American businessman and producer of TV shows. He is well-known for starting CNN, the first cable news channel on all the time.
How Old is Ted Turner?
He turned 83 this year.
Is He Alive Now?
He is still alive, yes.