The Hollywood Reporter Names 2013's 35 Most Powerful People in Media
This story first appeared in the April 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Since he reinvented cable news 16 years ago with the launch of the Fox News Channel, Ailes has built a $1 billion empire that today accounts for 40 percent of parent News Corp.'s annual profit.
A former talk-show producer (on The Mike Douglas Show) and Republican consultant (for Ronald Reagan's and George H.W. Bush's presidential campaigns), Ailes, 72, has become a reliable liberal bogeyman, drawing complaints from the White House and the ire of liberal Hollywood. Unchallenged in ratings dominance for 11 years, the network's news coverage and conservative commentary has won him a loyal audience -- and equally loud critics.
"They hate me because I make money ... and they don't like my politics," the married Garrison, N.Y., resident, who has raised two children, told THR in 2012. "And that's America." But he's not going anywhere; last year, Ailes -- who was paid $21 million in 2011 -- signed a deal that keeps him at Fox through 2016.
FUN FACT: He wrote a joke for Mike Douglas he claims was lifted by Bill Cosby.