Ted Turner

 Turner on his Snowcrest Ranch south of Alder.

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ALDER – Ted Turner poked at a fire crackling in the fireplace of the house on his Snowcrest Ranch, not far from the ghost towns and ruins of Montana’s 1860s gold rush.

Turner pointed out how the large picture windows offer a fine view of the golden hills, where the deer, antelope and his bison can play.

“I came out to Montana mainly to go fishing,” he drawled. Today he owns 15 ranches across the United States, four of them in Montana. “I bought a couple of the first places for fishing, and then I started buying for the bison and all the other wildlife, too.

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Ted Turner Timeline

A timeline of the life of Ted Turner.

Year Events
1938 Born Robert Edward Turner III, Nov. 19, Cincinnati, Ohio
1959 Suspended by Brown University for having girl in room, leaves college because dad is horrified Ted wants to study Classics, refuses to pay tuition
1963 Inherits billboard business at age 24 when father commits suicide
1970 Buys struggling UHF TV station in Atlanta
1976 Launches Turner Broadcasting System SuperStation via satellite, Buys losing Atlanta Braves team
1977 Wins Americas Cup sailing Courageous, gets nickname Capt. Outrageous, Makes cover of Sports Illustrated
1980 Creates CNN, first global 24-hour news channel
1986 Creates Goodwill Games, Buys MGM library, including Wizard of Oz and Looney Tunes
1987 Buys first Montana ranch, Bar None near Maudlow, for the fishing
1988 Turner Network Television debuts with Gone With the Wind
1989 Buys Flying D Ranch near Bozeman
1990 Creates Turner Foundation charity
1991 Named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year, Marries third wife, actress Jane Fonda
1995 Braves win World Series
1996 TBS merges with Time Warner
1997 Creates Turner Endangered Species Fund, OKs New Line Cinema making “Lord of the Rings” trilogy
1998 Pledges $1 billion of his $3 billion to United Nations
2000 Divorce from Jane Fonda, Time Warner merges with AOL; Turner’s shares worth nearly $10 billion, Internet stocks start to plummet, Turner “fired,” stripped of control of cable division
2002 Opens Ted’s Montana Grill, first of 46, with George McKerrow Jr.
2003 Resigns as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner, Has lost nearly $8 billion in 30 months
Today Worth $2 billion. Owns world’s largest bison herd, is No. 2 landowner in U.S., 2 million acres, Co-chairman of Nuclear Threat Initiative, working to reduce threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Chairman of Turner Foundation and United Nations Foundation, working on nuclear weapons, climate change, endangered species, international poverty

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