56. John Malone


The cable ty­coon’s Lib­erty Me­dia, which owns MLB’S At­lanta Braves, closed a $4.4 billion ac­qui­si­tion of auto-rac­ing league For­mula 1 in Jan­uary. Six months later, his Dis­cov­ery Com­mu­ni­ca­tions an­nounced an $11.9 billion bid for cable-tv gi­ant Scripps Net­works, which will bring HGTV and Food Net­work un­der the same roof as An­i­mal Planet. Just weeks ear­lier, the Con­necti­cut na­tive merged home shop­ping chan­nels QVC and HSN through his me­dia con­glom­er­ate Lib­erty In­ter­ac­tive. The PH.D. in operations re­search is now re­port­edly in­ter­ested in ac­quir­ing Span­ish-lan­guage broad­caster Uni­vi­sion and wire­less car­rier Sprint.

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