118. Charles Dolan & fam­ily

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Dolan, a cable pi­o­neer, owns con­trol­ling stakes in AMC Net­works and Madi­son Square Gar­den, plus NBA’S New York Knicks and NHL’S New York Rangers. He left John Car­roll Univer­sity and went into me­dia, first cre­at­ing sports news­reels for TV sta­tions from his Cleve­land home. Af­ter mov­ing to New York in 1952, Dolan made in­dus­trial films, then, in 1965, wired Lower Man­hat­tan with cable and founded the pre­de­ces­sor to HBO. Eight years later he sold HBO to Time Inc. and launched a Long Is­land cable com­pany with 1,500 cus­tomers. He grew it into Cable­vi­sion, which French bil­lion­aire Pa­trick Drahi’s Altice ac­quired for $17.7 billion in 2016.

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