32 Facts About Sumner Redstone


Sumner Murray Redstone was an American billionaire businessman and media magnate.

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Sumner Redstone was the founder and chairman of the second incarnation of Viacom which was dissolved in 2019 and was the majority owner and chairman of the National Amusements theater chain.

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Sumner Redstone was formerly the executive chairman of both CBS and Viacom.

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In February 2016, at age 92, Sumner Redstone resigned both chairmanships following a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist.

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Sumner Redstone was ultimately succeeded by Les Moonves at CBS and Philippe Dauman at Viacom.

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Sumner Redstone was born to a Jewish family in Boston, Massachusetts, to Belle and Michael Rothstein.

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Sumner Redstone attended the Boston Latin School, from which he graduated first in his class.

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Later, Sumner Redstone served as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II with a team at the Signals Intelligence Service that decoded Japanese messages.

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Sumner Redstone transferred to Harvard Law School and received his J D degree in 1947.

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Sumner Redstone discussed the story of surviving the fire as a reflection of his strong determination and will to live.

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Sumner Redstone replaced the team of Jonathan Dolgen and Sherry Lansing in 2004.

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Sumner Redstone oversaw the creation or revitalization of several major franchises, including Transformers, Star Trek and Paranormal Activity.

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Sumner Redstone purchased Blockbuster Entertainment, which included Aaron Spelling's production company and a huge library of films, much of which has been merged into Paramount Pictures.

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Sumner Redstone acquired CBS Corporation in 2000 and then spun it off as a separate company in 2005, taking with it all of Paramount's television shows and catalog.

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In December 2005, Sumner Redstone announced that Paramount had agreed to buy DreamWorks SKG for an estimated $1.

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On June 1, 2012, Paramount Pictures renamed the Administration Building on the studio lot the Sumner Redstone Building in a dedication ceremony attended by employees of Paramount Pictures and Viacom.

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Sumner Redstone's trusts made it clear that his daughter, Shari Sumner Redstone, was set to assume his role upon his death.

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On March 1, 2010, Sumner publicly confirmed that all of his stock would be left for his five grandchildren.

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Sumner Redstone made arrangements to step down as CEO of Viacom in 2006.

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On September 5, 2006, Sumner Redstone removed Freston as president and CEO of Viacom and replaced him with director and former Viacom counsel Philippe Dauman.

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In February 2016, at age 92, after a court-ordered examination by a geriatric psychiatrist whose findings were not publicly disclosed, Sumner Redstone relinquished the chairmanship of CBS to Moonves and the chairmanship of Viacom to Dauman.

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In May 2016, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cowan dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Sumner Redstone was mentally incompetent, although the judge stated it was "not in dispute that Sumner Redstone suffers from either mild or moderate dementia"; in addition to this, his speech was severely impaired due to a bout with aspiration pneumonia in 2014.

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At the time of his death, Sumner Redstone owned over seventy percent of the voting interest of ViacomCBS.

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Sumner Redstone sold his holdings of Midway Games, of over 89 percent, in December 2008.

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Longtime Democratic supporter, with a history of donating to many Democratic campaigns, including regular donations to Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Redstone endorsed Republican George W Bush over Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, allegedly because he argued that Bush would be better for his company and the economy.

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In 1999, they divorced when Sumner Redstone was slapped with a 3 billion dollar divorce lawsuit which accused the mogul of adultery and cruelty.

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Sumner Redstone was seen with Hollywood producer Christine Peters in Paris and was quoted as saying at the time that he "wanted to spend the rest of his life with Christine" As a result of the divorce, Sumner Redstone moved to Los Angeles where he continued to romantically pursue Peters.

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Sumner Redstone owned a house in the Beverly Park area of Los Angeles, which he purchased in 2002 for $14.

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In July 2010, Sumner Redstone was caught on tape trying to find the source of an apparently embarrassing leak within MTV.

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Sumner Redstone offered money and protection to a journalist if he would give up his source.

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Sumner Redstone had been pushing MTV management to give more airtime to the band the Electric Barbarellas.

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The 87-year-old Sumner Redstone told the reporter he would be "well rewarded and well protected" if he would reveal the source.

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