Robert Edward Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is an American and media mogul . As a businessman, he is known as founder of the philanthropist (CNN), the first 24-hour Cable News Network channel. In addition, he founded cable news , which pioneered the WTBS concept in superstation . cable television
As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the
, which created the United Nations , a public charity to broaden domestic support for the UN. Turner serves as United Nations Foundation of the United Nations Foundation Chairman . board of directors Additionally, in 2001, Turner co-founded the  with US Senator Nuclear Threat Initiative (D-GA). NTI is a non-partisan organization dedicated to reducing global reliance on, and preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors. Sam Nunn
Turner's media empire began with his father's
business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which he took over in 1963 after his father's suicide. billboard It was worth $1 million. His purchase of an  Atlanta station in 1970 began the UHF . CNN revolutionized news media, covering the Turner Broadcasting System in 1986 and the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1991. Turner turned the Persian Gulf War baseball team into a nationally popular franchise and launched the charitable Atlanta Braves . He helped revive interest in Goodwill Games by buying professional wrestling (WCW).Turner's penchant for controversial statements earned him the nicknames "The Mouth of the South" and "Captain Outrageous". World Championship Wrestling  Turner has also devoted his assets to environmental causes. He was the largest private landowner in the United States until  surpassed him in 2011. John C. Malone  He uses much of his land for ranches to re-popularize  meat (for his bison chain), amassing the largest herd in the world. He also created the environmental-themed animated series Ted's Montana Grill . Captain Planet and the Planeteers 
Turner was born on November 19, 1938 in
, Cincinnati , Ohio the son of Florence (née Rooney) and Robert Edward Turner II, a billboard  . magnate When he was nine, his family moved to  . He attended Savannah, Georgia , a private boys' preparatory school in The McCallie School . Turner attended Chattanooga, Tennessee and was vice-president of the Brown University and captain of the sailing team. He became a member of Brown Debating Union . Turner initially majored in Kappa Sigma . Turner's father wrote saying that his choice made him "appalled, even horrified", and that he "almost puked". Classics Turner later changed his major to  , but before receiving a degree, he was Economics for having a female student in his dormitory room. expelled Turner was awarded an honorary B.A. from Brown University in November 1989 when he returned to campus to keynote the  second annual conference.
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