ROBERT EDWARD TURNER III – Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
R.E. Turner is currently Chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc. which was created in 1976 to oversee Turner's private landholdings. The company’s mission is to manage Turner lands in an economically sustainable and ecologically sensitive manner while promoting the conservation of native species. Turner is also Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, a charitable organization he founded to support United Nations causes, and Chairman of the Turner Foundation, Inc., the Turner family's private grant-making organization, which focuses on population and the environment. Turner co-chairs the Nuclear Threat Initiative with Senator Sam Nunn. The Nuclear Threat Initiative seeks to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
Turner is a member of the board of directors of the National Cable Television Association, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the International Founders Council of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of the American Indian, the Business Council for the United Nations, and Brown University.
In 1980, Turner inaugurated CNN, the world's first, live, in-depth, round-the-clock news television network. A second all-news service, Headline News, began operation on January 1, 1982, offering updated newscasts every half-hour. Launched in September 1985, CNN International serves as the company's global news service and is distributed in more than 210 countries and territories worldwide.
Turner originated the Goodwill Games in 1985 as a quadrennial, multi-sport, international, world-class competition. The inaugural Goodwill Games were held in July 1986 in Moscow and were followed by the 1990 Games in Seattle, Washington, the 1994 Games in St. Petersburg, Russia, and most recently, the 1998 Games in New York City. The 2001 Goodwill games took place in Brisbane, Australia.
Mr. Turner became Vice Chairman of Time Warner in October 1996, with the merger of Time Warner Inc. and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Mr. Turner oversaw Time Warner's Cable Networks division, which included the assets of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), the CNN Newsgroup, as well as Home Box Office, Cinemax, and the company's interests in Comedy Central and Court TV. He also oversaw New Line Cinema and the company's professional sports teams-the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers. In January 2001, he became Vice Chairman of AOL Time Warner, a position from which he served until May 2003.
Turner is an active environmentalist and has received numerous civic and industry awards and honors, including being named Time magazine's 1991 Man of the Year. He is also a superior yachtsman, having won national and world sailing titles, including a successful defense of the 1977 America's Cup, the 1979 Fastnet Trophy and four Yachtsman of the Year awards.
In January 2002, Turner opened the first Ted's Montana Grill in Columbus, Ohio with his partner, George W. McKerrow Jr., founder of the Longhorn Steakhouse chain and several other successful restaurants. Ted's Montana Grill offers classic American comfort food, including bison or beef burgers, in an authentic Montana bar and grill atmosphere. Ted's Montana Grill expects to open up to forty more restaurants in the next few years.
Turner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Nov. 19, 1938. When he was nine years old, his family moved to Savannah, Georgia. He received a degree from Brown University, where he was vice president of the Debating Union and commodore of the Yacht Club. Mr. Turner is the father of five children and resides in Tallahassee, Florida.