John Malone
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United States

Liberty Media



Malone has been one of the biggest proponents of scale for media and entertainment giants at a time of rapid transformation in the industry. But his Liberty Global international cable unit has been jettisoning assets at a steady clip in recent months, spurring speculation that Malone is amassing a war chest for more deals in the U.S. His reach at present spans Discovery, Lionsgate, Charter Communications, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Live Nation, Expedia and TripAdvisor. He has been vocal about the implicit financial and strategic advantages that the FAANG giants have against traditional media, drawing comparisons to the early days of cable television. And as the executive universally credited with helping to make cable television mainstream, when Malone speaks, media CEOs listen.


  • Liberty Media
  • Charter Communications
  • Tele-Communications, Inc.


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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Dealmaker's Impact
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John Malone Boosts Stake in Discovery With $75 Million Stock Purchase

John Malone Boosts Stake in Discovery With $75 Million Stock Purchase

John Malone has upped his stake in Discovery Inc. by purchasing $75 million worth of stock on the open market.Malone picked up just under 2.7 million shares in Discovery at $28.03 on Nov. 14, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Malone was already the company's single-largest individual shareholder who holds super-voting shares that give him influence in the company. He also has a seat on the board of directors.News of Malone's purchase gave a lift to Discovery shares...


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