[Great People Weekend] Ted Turner
I felt really sad reading that Ted Turner has left the media business, not in the blaze of fearless glory in which he lived but with an uncharacteristic quiet whisper at Time Warner Inc. shareholders meeting.
Ted Turner was what everyone in business should be:
A visionary who sees his role not just one of making a lot of freaking money but one of also doing the best you can to leave the world better.
A college dropout, Ted took his Dad's small billboard business in Georgia and made it into one of the most powerful media companies in the world.
When he created CNN all the experts said it would never work. "Who would want to watch news 24 hours a day?"
They didn't get it.
Ted was the first guy who really put control of the media in the hands of the consumer.
As 'in it only for the dollar' folks like Rupert Mudoch were creating news organizations focused on division, Turner was pledging a billion dollars to the UN Foundation which works to promote a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world.
But that's just one example of a man who changed the landscape of our lives for the better.
His biggest mistake was selling out to Time Warner.
You should have realized that bean counters don't get it.
But I forgive you, Ted.
And Thank You.
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