Sumner Redstone

American businessman and media magnate (1923-2020)

Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein; May 27, 1923 – August 11, 2020) was an American businessman and media magnate. He was the majority owner and chairman of the board of the National Amusements theater chain. Redstone and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation and Viacom (itself the parent company of Viacom Media Networks, BET Networks, and the movie studio Paramount Pictures).[1]

According to Forbes, as of September 2015, he was worth US$5 billion.

Redstone was formerly the executive chairman of both CBS and Viacom. In February 2016, at the age of 92, a week after a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist, Redstone resigned both chairmanships, replaced by Leslie Moonves at CBS and Philippe Dauman at Viacom. Redstone then became chairman emeritus.[2]

Redstone was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard College and at Georgetown University. He was married to Phyllis Raphael from 1947 until they divorced in 1999. He then was married to Paula Fortunato from 2002 until they divorced in 2009. He had two children: Brent and Shari.

Redstone died on August 11, 2020 at his mansion in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 97.[3]

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  1. Weddings/Celebrations: Paula Fortunato, Sumner M. Redstone, The New York Times, April 6, 2003
  2. Brown, Lane (July 22, 2010). "Sumner Redstone Delighted to Be Accused of Bribery". New York. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  3. "Sumner Redstone, Tenacious Media Mogul, Dies at 97". The Hollywood Reporter. August 12, 2020.

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