John Carl Malone is an American billionaire businessman, landowner and philanthropist. He was chief executive officer of Tele-Communications Inc. , a cable and media giant, for twenty-four years from 1973 to 1996. Malone is now chairman and largest voting shareholder of Liberty Media, Liberty Global, and Qurate Retail Group , and also owns 7% of Lionsgate and Starz Inc.. He was interim CEO of Liberty Media, until succeeded by former Microsoft and Oracle CFO Greg Maffei. By most estimates, Malone is the largest private landowner in the United States, possessing upwards of 2.2 million acres , more than twice the size of Rhode Island.
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