Giving On A Global Scale: Ted Turner

Ted Turner

Some of his fellow big-dollar donors have privately equated CNN founder and Time Warner vice chairman Ted Turner's philanthropic choices--in particular his endowment of a $1.1 billion United Nations Foundation--as equivalent to flushing money down the toilet. The U.N., after all, is as renowned for inefficiency and politicization as it is for peacekeeping.

But Turner will tell you he doesn't give a damn what you think about how he gives his money away, because that's one of the prerogatives of being worth $9 billion: you can give it away however you want. "I'm very internationally focused," Turner says as he chews...

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