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Bob Pittman
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TV Executive
    (December 28, 1953- )
    Born in Jackson, Mississippi
    Birth name is Robert Warren Pittman
    Chairman/CEO of iHeartMedia
    Co-founder of MTV
    President/CEO of AOL - America Online (1996 - 2002)
    He attended four different colleges without graduating from any of them.
    New York Magazine described him as 'that onetime hippie from Mississippi who turned into a full-fledged yuppie.'
    He left his wife, a survivor of the deadly Mount Everest blizzard expedition, for Veronique Choa - only a year after her return.
    He calls his iHeart Radio listening sessions 'fireside chats.'
    He birthed a network that now traffics mainly in reality television, despite its title - 'Music Television.'
    He was quoted as saying about the youth viewing demographic: 'We’re dealing with a culture of teenage babies, they can watch TV, do their homework, and listen to music all at the same time. The strongest appeal you can make is emotional. If you can get their emotions going, make them forget their logic [and then] you’ve got them. At MTV, we don’t shoot for the 14 year olds – we own them.'
    He was named the 'Most Powerful Man in Radio' by Radio Ink magazine.
    He duplicated the successful MTV formula to launch Nickelodeon and VH-1.
    He is credited with revitalizing Six Flags Theme Parks as a formidable rival to Universal and Disney World.
    He is a minority owner. of the New York Mets baseball team.
    He headed AOL at its peak, moving it from a mere 6 million users to a staggering 30 million in less than five years.
    He received AdWeek's inaugural 'Media Visionary' award, in addition to over fifty other awards and honorary degrees.
    Sean Parker called him 'the only media mogul who’s genuinely an entrepreneur.'
    He doesn't take full credit for creating MTV, instead saying that '[Time Warner's Steve Ross and James Robinson] at the end of the day, they’re the ones who should claim credit, because they decided to spend the money.'

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