John Malone
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United States

Liberty Media



Malone was at the center of yet another media mega-deal in 2021 when AT&T announced it was spinning off its WarnerMedia division and merging it with Discovery. To facilitate the transaction, he agreed to convert his super-voting shares in Discovery to common stock for no premium, a move that could cost him as much as $280 million. Given his lengthy rep as one of the savviest investors in the media space, one has to assume this is but one play in a highly profitable long-game strategy. The chairman and biggest voting shareholder of Liberty Media  
and Liberty Global, he has an estimated net worth of $7.8 billion and is the largest private landowner in the U.S. with 2.2 million acres. In 2021, Malone and his wife, Leslie, donated $25 million to the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.


  • Liberty Media
  • Charter Communications


  • Yale University (CT, USA)
  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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John Malone Steps Down From Charter Board

John Malone Steps Down From Charter Board

John Malone, the savvy media industry investor who has parlayed stakes in a variety of entertainment companies to his long-term benefit, will step down from the board of directors of Charter Communications, the second corporate board he has left in recent days.Malone said earlier in July that he would retire from the board of Lionsgate.Charter, one of the nation’s biggest cable operators, said in a statement Tuesday that Malone “will attend Board meetings and provide active support and advice” but...


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