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A media proprietor or media mogul refers to a successful entrepreneur or businessperson who controls, through personal ownership or via a dominant position in any mass media related company or enterprise consumed by a large number of individuals. Those with significant control, ownership, and influence of a large company in the mass media may also be called a tycoon, baron, or business magnate.
In the United States, newspaper proprietors—a role distinct from its owner—first became prominent in the 19th century with the development of mass circulation newspapers.
In the 20th century, proprietorship expanded to include ownership of radio and television networks, as well as film studios, publishing houses and more recently internet and other forms of multimedia companies. The term "press baron" was replaced by "media baron", reflecting this and the term "media mogul" was popularized.
- Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook
- Silvio Berlusconi
- Conrad Black
- Michael Bloomberg
- Walt Disney
- Steve Forbes
- Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere
- Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe
- Hugh Hefner
- William Randolph Hearst
- Alfred Hugenberg
- Sir Edward Hulton, 1st Baronet
- Roberto Marinho
- Vince McMahon
- Keith Murdoch
- Rupert Murdoch
- Samuel Newhouse
- Kerry Packer
- Ted Turner
- Oprah Winfrey
- Al-Waleed bin Talal
- Manmohan Shetty
- Jan Wejchert
- Gregory L. James
- White, John G. (1909). "Ch. XIV: The Press". A Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 217–218. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
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