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Ted Turner

Turner in 2007
Born Robert Edward Turner III
(1938-11-19) November 19, 1938 (age 78)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Education The McCallie School
Alma mater Brown University (A.B.)
Occupation Media tycoon
Known for

Founder of TBS and CNN
Co-founder of the Nuclear Threat Initiative
Former Atlanta Braves owner
WCW
Ted’s Montana Grill
Founder of TV-6 (Russia)

Home town Atlanta, Georgia
Net worth US$2.2 billion (June 2015)[1]
Spouse(s)

Julia Gale Nye
(1960–1964)
Jane Shirley Smith
(1965–1988)
Jane Fonda
(1991–2001)

Children 5
Website Official website

If you can get yourself where you're not afraid of dying, then you can move forward a lot faster.
Ted Turner
If the Russian nuclear arsenal was fired at the United States and other targets, and we fired back at them with thousands of nuclear weapons, it would be the end of life on earth.
Ted Turner
The worst thing you can do if you want to start a fight is to use derogatory terminology.
Ted Turner
I travel a lot. I'm on the move.
I'm a very good thinker, but I sometimes grab the wrong word. I say something I didn't think through adequately. I mean, I don't type my speeches, then sit up there and read them off the teleprompter, you know. I wing it.
Ted Turner
All my life people have said that I wasn't going to make it.
I made a lot of money. I earned a lot of money with CNN and satellite and cable television. And you can't really spend large sums of money, intelligently, on buying things. So I thought the best thing I could do was put some of that money back to work – making an investment in the future of humanity.
Ted Turner
Men should be disqualified for public office. Women should run the planet. They're better than us.
Ted Turner
Every few seconds it changes – up an eighth, down an eighth – it's like playing a slot machine. I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
Ted Turner
The Iranians don't intimidate! They're like the Vietnamese and the Iraqis. You want to start a war with them? They'll still be fighting in fifty years!
Ted Turner
I think we've already voted at the U.N., in the Security Council, to get rid of nuclear weapons. Let's get rid of them. Let's get rid of ours and then Iran will stop, I believe. And so everybody else will, because if everybody doesn't have them, then we're safe, at least safe from a nuclear attack.
Ted Turner
I've never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn't have the right attitude, didn't give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn't prepared and didn't have the whole program worked out.
Ted Turner
I mean, there's no point in sittin' around and cryin' about spilt milk. Gotta move on.
Ted Turner
I had more energy at 50. On the other hand, at 75, I've probably got a little more wisdom and good judgment than I had at 50 because I've got more experience. But I haven't really changed. I'm still driven by the same philosophy.
Ted Turner
I'm 68 and a half years old; I grew up with newspapers; I love newspapers; I love the news business. I started CNN; I'm a journalist and proud of it.
Ted Turner
I believe in pulling together to make the country better right rather than pulling, tearing it apart for partisan reasons. I think the country comes first.
Ted Turner
It was a struggle financing CNN, but I did it without ever asking the government for a nickel.
Ted Turner
I didn't get here for my acting... but I love show business.
I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.
Ted Turner
If the perpetrators of the World Trade Center plane crashes had a nuclear weapon, there's no doubt in my mind but that they would've detonated it in New York.
Ted Turner
I haven't been in a store to buy anything for five years.
I'd like to say that right now, in the last few years, the Democrats have been closer – have been more pro-environment. The coal industry is pretty well entrenched in the Republican Party and that's one of the things that we need to phase out.
Ted Turner
I wanted to better inform the world.
Even when I started in 1970, I knew that television was having a negative effect on our society.
Ted Turner
Rupert Murdoch is the most dangerous man in the world.
I've had the good fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies.
Ted Turner
If I had any humility I would be perfect.
I was gonna go broke if I didn't get things turned around real fast.
I know what I'm having 'em put on my tombstone: 'I have nothing more to say'.
Ted Turner
War has been good to me from a financial standpoint but I don't want to make money that way. I don't want blood money.
Ted Turner
At Time Warner, I had ten percent of the stock after the merger. But when we merged with AOL, I was diluted down to three percent.
Ted Turner
The mind is just another muscle.
I love CNN. I love the Cartoon Network. I mean, I thought these things up.
The sad thing about destroying the environment is that we're going to take the rest of life with us. The bluebirds will be gone, and the elephants will be gone, and the tigers will be gone, and the pandas will be gone.
Ted Turner
I love this planet… I want to see the environment preserved and I want to see the human race preserved. And I'd like to see everybody living decently in a more equitable, kind-hearted, thoughtful, generous world.
Ted Turner
When I was a publisher of CNN, I took responsibility for the actions of the network.
Ted Turner
I'm hard of hearing. I miss a lot. It's really tough.
The biggest thing I learned from losing? Winning's better.
When I was young and ocean-racing competitively, and working the rest of the time, I was going 24 hours. I was on the verge of collapsing. But you've got to slow down a bit.
Ted Turner
The media is too concentrated, too few people own too much. There's really five companies that control 90 percent of what we read, see and hear. It's not healthy.
Ted Turner

You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
The whole idea of television news or any kind of news is to inform people about things they need to know about.
Ted Turner
You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
To be happy in this world, first you need a cell phone and then you need an airplane. Then you're truly wireless.
Ted Turner
It's going to cost trillions of dollars to rework the energy sources all over the world. Were going to have to move away from fossil fuels.
Ted Turner
Just because your ratings are bigger doesn't mean you're better.
The United States has got some of the dumbest people in the world. I want you to know that we know that.
Ted Turner
I regret that I wasn't more successful with my marriages, but it is what it is.
Ted Turner
I have both sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation, which are both debilitating conditions.
Ted Turner
I lost 80 percent of my wealth and then gave away over half of the rest. So I'm a man of modest means now. But if you budget carefully and watch your expenditures, you can get by on a couple billion dollars.
Ted Turner
If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.
When our time's up, it's up. All the money in the world won't buy you one more day.
Ted Turner
Sports is like a war without the killing.
I didn't care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top.
Ted Turner
If I only had a little humility, I'd be perfect.
I don't watch entertainment. I haven't watched in years. I want to see serious news.
Ted Turner
The U.N. had such lofty goals to eliminate poverty and stop war and cure diseases and help refugees – things that no one country could do.
Ted Turner
Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.
My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job.
Ted Turner
Life is like a B-movie. You don't want to leave in the middle of it but you don't want to see it again.
Ted Turner
I see what keeps people young: work!
Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world.
Ted Turner
When I started 'CNN,' I made the decision to stay out of endorsing candidates, and let the doers make up their own minds about politics, that it wasn't going to come from me.
Ted Turner
There's nothing wrong with being fired.
If you had the most prestige and you were the network that everybody turned to in times of a crisis, that that was the most important position, in the news business, to hold.
Ted Turner
You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.
Ted Turner
Even if we didn't have greenhouse gases, were going to have to move away from fossil fuels, as we're going to run out. They're finite, whereas solar and wind are infinite.
Ted Turner
I think George Bush is the most dangerous man in the world.
I like Obama. I don't know who could do a better job. He's got an incredibly tough situation, and a good heart and mind. I'd like to see him rally support a little better.
Ted Turner
I like snakes. I like hummingbirds. There's nothing on earth I don't like. Frogs. Salamanders. The bunnies, the giraffes, the hippopotamuses.
Ted Turner
We have to do more than keep media giants from growing larger; they're already too big. We need a new set of rules that will break these huge companies to pieces.
Ted Turner