30. Charles Er­gen


As view­ers turn to streaming ser­vices, Er­gen’s satel­lite TV provider Dish Net­work has seen sub­scrip­tions fall 3 years in a row. But Er­gen, a former pro­fes­sional gam­bler, has been hedg­ing his bets. Since 2008, Dish has bought over $21 billion in wire­less spec­trum li­censes at auc­tion from the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion. In March Dish is­sued a re­port to the FCC dis­cussing plans to build out a faster 5G net­work that could work with the grow­ing num­ber of de­vices con­nected to the in­ter­net.

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