KING OF MEDIA is the remarkable story of a man who for the past forty years has had a hand in reshaping the worldwide entertainment and media industry. Barry Diller has recently emerged as the major figure in the media industry after living for the past two decades in the shadows of larger-than-life titans such as Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, and Warren Buffett. Today, however, with all those who have stood in Diller's path over the years self-destructing in various ways, Diller remains standing at the pinnacle of a media empire more solid and powerful than any of his predecessors. In 2007 he was cited as the most highly compensated executive in the United States. Unlike those who came before him, Diller has refused to take on mountains of debt to finance his acquisitions. He has always been as conservative in his financial affairs as he has been liberal in his personal and political life. His balance sheet is clean, and he is well positioned to grow and build his empire as his major competitors struggle for survival.
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About the Author
Tuccille is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, and he has worked in the investment area as a broker, financial writer, and supervisory analyst since 1975. From 1971 to 1973, the author taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and in 1974 he was a third-party candidate for Governor of New York.