Sumner Redstone was a man with brilliant vision who single-handedly transformed a small family-owned drive-in theatre company into a global media portfolio.
Sumner Redstone vast empire included CBS, MTV, VH1, Showtime, Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, TV Land and many other entertainment properties. Redstone, a person with unparalleled passion to win, never to give up spirits and the one who lived each moment passed away at 97 on August 11 in his Los Angeles home.
Sumner served in an intelligence unit in World War II and holds a Law degree from Harvard College.
Redstone engineered various mergers and acquisitions to assemble a global media conglomerate with holdings in book publishing, movies and television, movie rentals, theatres and radio.
Sumner Redstone has always lived an extraordinary life and was one of the prominent figures in Hollywood’s business and social circles. Redstone maintained a deep-orange hue atop his head which made him unique.
Redstone was a man of unrivalled passion and perseverance. He devoted his entire life to his belief in the power of content. He always famously phrased “content is the king” to emphasise his interest in programming and production assists.
After his demise, Sumner Redstone property will be formally taken over by his daughter Shari Redstone(vice-chairwoman of the board of Viacom and CBS as well as president of National Amusements) and five grand children.
In his entire life, Redstone contributed over $150 million to various philanthropic causes.
Redstone in his final years have faced various controversies where his legacy tarnished by corporate battles and sordid allegations by former girlfriends.
Redstone’s presence will always be felt and missed in the media industry who has lost one of it’s great champions. He has left a legacy which will live on for generations to come.