Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III (born November 19, 1938) is an American
media mogul and
philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the
Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour
cable news channel. In addition, he founded
WTBS, which pioneered the
superstation concept in
As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the
United Nations, which created the
United Nations Foundation, a public charity to broaden domestic support for the UN. Turner serves as
Chairman of the United Nations Foundation
board of directors.
 Additionally, in 2001, Turner co-founded the
Nuclear Threat Initiative with US Senator
Sam Nunn (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.
Turner's media empire began with his father's
billboard business, Turner Outdoor Advertising, which he took over in 1963 after his father's suicide.
 It was worth $1 million. His purchase of an
UHF station in 1970 began the
Turner Broadcasting System. CNN revolutionized news media, covering the
Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 and the
Persian Gulf War in 1991. Turner turned the
Atlanta Braves baseball team into a nationally popular franchise and launched the charitable
Goodwill Games. He helped revive interest in
professional wrestling by buying
World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Turner's penchant for controversial statements earned him the nicknames "The Mouth of the South" and "Captain Outrageous".
 Turner has also devoted his assets to environmental causes. He was the largest private landowner in the United States until
John C. Malone surpassed him in 2011.
 He uses much of his land for ranches to re-popularize
bison meat (for his
Ted's Montana Grill chain), amassing the largest herd in the world. He also created the environmental-themed animated series
Captain Planet and the Planeteers.