Robert Edward Turner IV: What happened to Ted Turner’s son?

Robert Edward Turner IV

Robert Edward Turner IV is the son of American media tycoon Ted Turner. Robert Edward Turner IV is known for founding the Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he also founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television, which later became TBS. Turner serves as Chairman of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors where he is known for his $1 billion gift to support the organization.

Robert Edward Turner IV: Bio Summary Summary

Full NameRobert Edward Turner IV
Other names Robert Turner Jr
famous asTed Turner’s son
Age60 years old as of 2023
Date of Birth1963
Place of Birth United States of America
Zodiac signN/A
Siblings Jennie TurnerLaura Turner Seydel,
 Beau TurnerRhett Turner
Parents Ted Turner, Julia Gale Nye

Who is Ted Turner’s son?

Robert Edward Turner IV was born in 1963 in the United States of America. He is the son of  Ted Turner and his first wife Julia Gale Nye. He is not the only child of the couple. Robert has an elder sister-  Laura Turner Seydel. He also has three half-siblings – Beau TurnerRhett Turner, and Jennie Turner. The siblings grew up in a family that was heavily involved in media and philanthropy, and many of them have followed in their father’s footsteps.

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Robert Edward Turner IV launched a Congressional bid in  2013

Ted Turner’s son announced on January 23, 2013, that he intended to run in the South Carolina Republican primary for the open Congressional seat vacated by Tim Scott who was appointed to the US Senate. Turner’s son came in 4th, receiving 7.90% of the vote.

The younger Turner, who has embraced Conservative politics much to the chagrin of his liberal father, faced off against a motley crew of hopefuls including comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, and disgraced former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

My dad has been asking for years, “How the heck did you become so conservative?“‘ Robert Edward Turner IV joked to the Associated Press about his unlikely political persuasion. He graduated from The Citadel, a military college, in 1985 with a degree in business. 

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Much of his career has been spent working for his father’s various business endeavors. For the past years, he has also lived in Charleston teaching economics and working with underprivileged children. According to Bluesmartmia, He also held various positions at firms such as Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch before eventually becoming a managing partner at Hilliard Brothers of Florida, a private equity firm based in Tampa.

Just like his father who began sailing at the age of 9 and soon developed a passion for sailboat racing, Robert Jr is also a passionate sailor.

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Robert Edward Turner IV is a family man

Robert Edward Turner IV is a married man. He is married to Blair Turner, and the couple are parents to three lovely children- Robert E., Riley, and Selden. Blair is a philanthropist and is involved in various charitable organizations. Ted Turner’s son is also involved in various philanthropic activities, including serving as a board member of the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports environmental and social causes per Bluesmartmia.

Robert’s grandfather died when his father Ted Turner was 24. He left him in charge of a growing, but heavily indebted Billboard advertising company, he worked day and night, offering customers a discount for early payment, to increase the amount of cash on hand. Soon, he had stabilized the business and was building a large fortune.

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By the end of the decade, Turner Advertising was one of the largest billboard companies in the Southeast, but Ted Turner recognized that his customers were allocating ever-larger shares of their advertising budgets to radio and television, and he sought opportunities in broadcasting. Today, Robert Edward Turner IV’s father has a net worth of 2.5 billion USD as of 2023 according to Forbes.

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