Ted Turner, chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc., has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen, vision, leadership, and his unprecedented philanthropy throughout his career.
As a media executive, Turner built a portfolio of unrivaled cable television news and entertainment brands and businesses, including CNN International, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Castle Rock Entertainment and New Line Cinema. Eventually the company merged with Time Warner, Inc.
As the chairman of the Turner Foundation, Inc., Turner supports efforts improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future, safeguarding environmental health, protecting wildlife habitat, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than 300 million dollars to hundreds of organizations.
He launched The Captain Planet Foundation funds and support environmental projects for youth as well as The Turner Endangered Species Fund to conserve biodiversity through restoration efforts on the Turner properties. Turner has recently devoted his time and energy toward promoting the use of clean energy sources. He has partnered with Southern Company to build five solar facilities across the country
Turner announced his pledge of up to one billion dollars to the United Nations Foundation (UNF) in 1997. The organization supports the goals and objectives of the United Nations. UNF has identified four core priorities: women and population; children’s health; the environment; and peace and security. In early 2001, Turner launched the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a foundation working to close the gap between the threat from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the global response.
Turner is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including being named TIME Magazine’s Man of the Year, Broadcasting and Cable’s Man of the Century, and one of TIME Magazine's 100 World’s Most Influential People. In recent years, Turner received the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation’s Renaissance Man of the Year award and the Overseas Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award, among many others.