The Colorful Life of Ted Turner

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Robert Edward Turner III is born in Cincinnati, Ohio

November 19, 1938

Becomes president of Turner Advertising at age 24

1963

After his father shoots himself

By transmitting WTBS nationally, he revolutionizes cable television

1976

Also buys Atlanta Braves baseball team

Launches Cable News Network (CNN)

1980

Launches Cable News Network (CNN)

1980

Launches Cable News Network (CNN)

1980

Launches Cable News Network (CNN)

1980

Buys 1.7 million acres in various states

1987 - 2000

Becomes the largest private landowner in the United States

Starts Turner Network Television (TNT)

1988

Named "Man of the Year" by Time magazine

1991

Marries actress Jane Fonda

December 21, 1991

Turner Broadcasting sold to Time Warner

1996

Pledges $1 billion over 10 years to the United Nations

1997

AOL Time Warner becomes one company

January 2001

He and Jane Fonda file for divorce

April 16, 2001

Turner co-founds and opens the first Ted's Montana Grill restaurant

January 2002

Turner steps down as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner

January 2003

Says he is stepping down to spend more time on personal interests and private ventures