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Abe Pollin

Abe Pollin (1923 - 2009) was Chairman and CEO of Washington Sports and Entertainment Limited Partnership (WSELP), longtime owner of the Washington Wizards basketball team and the Washington Capitals hockey franchise. A building contractor and real estate developer, as well as a sportsman and philanthropist, he built two state-of-the-art multi-million dollar sports facilities, the Capital Centre, in Landover, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and the Verizon Centre in the heart of downtown. Washington. Pollin moved to Washington with his family from Philadelphia at the age of eight. After graduating from George Washington University in Washington, he worked for his family's construction business for 12 years, before starting a company of his own. In 1964, Pollin and two partners purchased the Baltimore Bullets basketball team. Four years later, he became the team's sole owner. He moved the Bullets to Washington in 1973 and secured a National Hockey League expansion franchise for Washi...

12 MIN1999 JUN 18
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Abe Pollin

Douglas Carlston

In 1980, Douglas Carlston founded Broderbund Software, Inc., which quickly became the nation's leading developer of educational software. A pioneer in employing game technology, Carlston started the company as a sideline while practicing law. The company achieved major success with its geography learning game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and captivated adults as well as children with its graphically rich adventure game Myst and the historical fantasy Prince of Persia. Douglas Carlston addressed the Academy of Achievement at the 1996 Summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he recounted the winding path that led him to the software industry, including his experience teaching in Africa. In this podcast, recorded at the Summit, he urges the Academy's student delegates to follow their curiosity and pursue whatever fascinates them most. Carlston subsequently merged Broderbund with The Learning Company; the combined enterprise is now owned by Mattel. Douglas Carlston has participated i...

12 MIN1996 JUN 28
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Douglas Carlston

Rick Scott

Rick Scott was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where his father was a truck driver and his mother worked as a clerk at J.C. Penney, among other jobs. Scott graduated from high school in 1970, and then attended one year of community college after which he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was in the Navy for 29 months and served on the USS Glover as a radar technician. Scott later graduated from the University of MissouriŬKansas City with a bachelorŴs degree in business administration and earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. In 1987 he helped found the Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989 to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. He was forced to resign as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a scandal over the company's business and Medicare billing practices; the company ul...

6 MIN1994 JUN 1
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Rick Scott

Donna Karan

Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971. When Anne Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house. In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Stephan Weiss and Takihyo Corporation, started her own business "to design modern clothes for modern people". She showed her first women's clothing collection in 1985. Karan became well-known for her 'Essentials' line, initially offering seven easy pieces which could all be mixed and matched, and created a fully integrated wardrobe. Karan always insisted that she would only design clothes, like jersey dresses and opaque Lycra tights, that she would also wear herself. She was once described in the early 1990s by the New York Times as ź[Ed Koch] in a stretchy black dressŹ. In 1...

15 MIN1994 JUN 1
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Donna Karan

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson is the Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies, a global publishing, aviation and entertainment conglomerate of over 400 companies based in London, England. He started his empire and $4 billion personal fortune from scratch when he was 15 years old. Branson built his business during one of Britain's darkest economic hours. His first successful venture was a magazine called "Student." In 1970, he set up an audio record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. He started his record business from the crypt of a church where he ran The Student. Branson advertised popular records in The Student Magazine and it was over-night success. He eventually opened a record shop in Oxford Street in London. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s Ŭ as he established Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label. He became an international celebrity when co-...

12 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Richard Branson

Peter Magowan

As Chairman and President of Safeway Inc., Peter A. Magowan engineered a turnaround that rescued the venerable grocery chain from a hostile takeover and restored it to profitability. He later enjoyed a successful 15-year run as General Managing Partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team and led the drive that built the first privately funded American baseball stadium in over 30 years. Magowan was born in the grocery business. His grandfather had helped found the Safeway chain in the 1920s, but Magowan learned the business the same way other men in his family had: from the bottom up. He began as a teenager, mopping floors and bagging groceries. He graduated from Stanford, earned a Mater's degree at Oxford, and pursued graduate studies in international relations and diplomacy at Johns Hopkins before returning to work in the family business full-time. He served as a real estate negotiator in Washington, D.C. and then as a store, district and division manager across the Southwest...

9 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Peter Magowan

Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber is the world's foremost designer of elegant ladies' handbags. Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, she trained as a handbag maker in a traditional European guild system, learning every aspect of her craft from tanning the skins, to designing the frames and clasps, to painstakingly applying rhinestones with the tiniest tweezers imaginable. At age 18, she was the first woman to join the handbag makers guild. After World War II, she met an American soldier, Gerson Leiber; the couple were married and moved to New York City in 1947. Judith Leiber joined a major New York handbag firm as a designer but was dismayed by the low standards of craftsmanship in the American industry. In 1963, she and her husband took $5,000 they had save, started a firm of their own, Judith Leiber, Inc., to produce luxury handbags and accessories. Her creations are prized by women around the world for their imaginative designs and meticulous craftsmanship. Among her most famous creations are a "m...

8 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Judith Leiber

Daniel Burke

Daniel B. Burke was CEO of Capital Cities/ABC from 1990 to 1994, years when the media conglomerate became the nation's leading source of information and entertainment. After serving as an infantry lieutenant in the Korean War, Burke earned an MBA at Harvard, and became a product development manager for General Foods, with responsibility for the Jell-O product line. He became involved in broadcasting in 1961, when his friend Thomas Murphy hired him to run a small UHF television station in Albany, New York. At the time, the company's only other major asset was a second station in Durham, North Carolina. From this relatively modest beginning, Burke and Murphy built Capital Cities into a media empire. With daily and weekly newspapers, shopping guides, business publications, book publishing, a television production company, eight television stations, 21 radio stations, and cable channels including A&E and ESPN. In 1986, Capital Cities acquired ABC Television. As President and Chief Opera...

10 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Daniel Burke

Bill Gates

In the last decades of the 20th century, a revolution in information technology transformed commerce and consciousness, just as the printing press transformed civilization 500 years before. These advances in computer technology and communications would have remained the province of professional scientists and mega-business if not for the introduction of the personal computer, and no person played a greater role in bringing the computer into homes and offices all over the world than William H. Gates, III. Bill Gates was a teenage computer whiz when he dropped out of Harvard to start his own company, Microsoft. Through a brilliant combination of technical prowess and business insight, Gates made Microsoft the indispensable supplier of operating systems and office software to computer users around the world. If you use a computer to write a letter, compose an e-mail or visit a web site, chances are you're using Microsoft software. Microsoft's uncontested dominance of the personal compu...

9 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Bill Gates

Barry Diller

Barry Diller is one of the most successful media and entertainment entrepreneurs of our times. As Vice President of Development at ABC Television in the 1960s, he pioneered the Movie of the Week and miniseries formats. He led the struggling network to dominance with popular programs such as Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley before leaving ABC to become Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. At Paramount, he helped triple profits within six years with blockbuster features like Saturday Night Fever and Raiders of the Lost Ark. After a decade at Paramount he moved to Fox Inc., parent company of the 20th Century Fox movie studio and the fledgling Fox television network. As Chairman and CEO of Fox, he built the new television network with offbeat successes such as Married With Children and The Simpsons. In this podcast, recorded in 1992 at the Academy of Achievement Summit in Las Vegas, Diller tells the Academy's student delegates about a recent decision to take a break form his work i...

8 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Barry Diller

Latest Episodes

Abe Pollin

Abe Pollin (1923 - 2009) was Chairman and CEO of Washington Sports and Entertainment Limited Partnership (WSELP), longtime owner of the Washington Wizards basketball team and the Washington Capitals hockey franchise. A building contractor and real estate developer, as well as a sportsman and philanthropist, he built two state-of-the-art multi-million dollar sports facilities, the Capital Centre, in Landover, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and the Verizon Centre in the heart of downtown. Washington. Pollin moved to Washington with his family from Philadelphia at the age of eight. After graduating from George Washington University in Washington, he worked for his family's construction business for 12 years, before starting a company of his own. In 1964, Pollin and two partners purchased the Baltimore Bullets basketball team. Four years later, he became the team's sole owner. He moved the Bullets to Washington in 1973 and secured a National Hockey League expansion franchise for Washi...

12 MIN1999 JUN 18
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Abe Pollin

Douglas Carlston

In 1980, Douglas Carlston founded Broderbund Software, Inc., which quickly became the nation's leading developer of educational software. A pioneer in employing game technology, Carlston started the company as a sideline while practicing law. The company achieved major success with its geography learning game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and captivated adults as well as children with its graphically rich adventure game Myst and the historical fantasy Prince of Persia. Douglas Carlston addressed the Academy of Achievement at the 1996 Summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he recounted the winding path that led him to the software industry, including his experience teaching in Africa. In this podcast, recorded at the Summit, he urges the Academy's student delegates to follow their curiosity and pursue whatever fascinates them most. Carlston subsequently merged Broderbund with The Learning Company; the combined enterprise is now owned by Mattel. Douglas Carlston has participated i...

12 MIN1996 JUN 28
Comments
Douglas Carlston

Rick Scott

Rick Scott was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where his father was a truck driver and his mother worked as a clerk at J.C. Penney, among other jobs. Scott graduated from high school in 1970, and then attended one year of community college after which he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was in the Navy for 29 months and served on the USS Glover as a radar technician. Scott later graduated from the University of MissouriŬKansas City with a bachelorŴs degree in business administration and earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. In 1987 he helped found the Columbia Hospital Corporation with two business partners; this merged with Hospital Corporation of America in 1989 to form Columbia/HCA and eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. He was forced to resign as Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997 amid a scandal over the company's business and Medicare billing practices; the company ul...

6 MIN1994 JUN 1
Comments
Rick Scott

Donna Karan

Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971. When Anne Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house. In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Stephan Weiss and Takihyo Corporation, started her own business "to design modern clothes for modern people". She showed her first women's clothing collection in 1985. Karan became well-known for her 'Essentials' line, initially offering seven easy pieces which could all be mixed and matched, and created a fully integrated wardrobe. Karan always insisted that she would only design clothes, like jersey dresses and opaque Lycra tights, that she would also wear herself. She was once described in the early 1990s by the New York Times as ź[Ed Koch] in a stretchy black dressŹ. In 1...

15 MIN1994 JUN 1
Comments
Donna Karan

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson is the Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies, a global publishing, aviation and entertainment conglomerate of over 400 companies based in London, England. He started his empire and $4 billion personal fortune from scratch when he was 15 years old. Branson built his business during one of Britain's darkest economic hours. His first successful venture was a magazine called "Student." In 1970, he set up an audio record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. He started his record business from the crypt of a church where he ran The Student. Branson advertised popular records in The Student Magazine and it was over-night success. He eventually opened a record shop in Oxford Street in London. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s Ŭ as he established Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label. He became an international celebrity when co-...

12 MIN1992 JUN 27
Comments
Richard Branson

Peter Magowan

As Chairman and President of Safeway Inc., Peter A. Magowan engineered a turnaround that rescued the venerable grocery chain from a hostile takeover and restored it to profitability. He later enjoyed a successful 15-year run as General Managing Partner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team and led the drive that built the first privately funded American baseball stadium in over 30 years. Magowan was born in the grocery business. His grandfather had helped found the Safeway chain in the 1920s, but Magowan learned the business the same way other men in his family had: from the bottom up. He began as a teenager, mopping floors and bagging groceries. He graduated from Stanford, earned a Mater's degree at Oxford, and pursued graduate studies in international relations and diplomacy at Johns Hopkins before returning to work in the family business full-time. He served as a real estate negotiator in Washington, D.C. and then as a store, district and division manager across the Southwest...

9 MIN1992 JUN 27
Comments
Peter Magowan

Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber is the world's foremost designer of elegant ladies' handbags. Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, she trained as a handbag maker in a traditional European guild system, learning every aspect of her craft from tanning the skins, to designing the frames and clasps, to painstakingly applying rhinestones with the tiniest tweezers imaginable. At age 18, she was the first woman to join the handbag makers guild. After World War II, she met an American soldier, Gerson Leiber; the couple were married and moved to New York City in 1947. Judith Leiber joined a major New York handbag firm as a designer but was dismayed by the low standards of craftsmanship in the American industry. In 1963, she and her husband took $5,000 they had save, started a firm of their own, Judith Leiber, Inc., to produce luxury handbags and accessories. Her creations are prized by women around the world for their imaginative designs and meticulous craftsmanship. Among her most famous creations are a "m...

8 MIN1992 JUN 27
Comments
Judith Leiber

Daniel Burke

Daniel B. Burke was CEO of Capital Cities/ABC from 1990 to 1994, years when the media conglomerate became the nation's leading source of information and entertainment. After serving as an infantry lieutenant in the Korean War, Burke earned an MBA at Harvard, and became a product development manager for General Foods, with responsibility for the Jell-O product line. He became involved in broadcasting in 1961, when his friend Thomas Murphy hired him to run a small UHF television station in Albany, New York. At the time, the company's only other major asset was a second station in Durham, North Carolina. From this relatively modest beginning, Burke and Murphy built Capital Cities into a media empire. With daily and weekly newspapers, shopping guides, business publications, book publishing, a television production company, eight television stations, 21 radio stations, and cable channels including A&E and ESPN. In 1986, Capital Cities acquired ABC Television. As President and Chief Opera...

10 MIN1992 JUN 27
Comments
Daniel Burke

Bill Gates

In the last decades of the 20th century, a revolution in information technology transformed commerce and consciousness, just as the printing press transformed civilization 500 years before. These advances in computer technology and communications would have remained the province of professional scientists and mega-business if not for the introduction of the personal computer, and no person played a greater role in bringing the computer into homes and offices all over the world than William H. Gates, III. Bill Gates was a teenage computer whiz when he dropped out of Harvard to start his own company, Microsoft. Through a brilliant combination of technical prowess and business insight, Gates made Microsoft the indispensable supplier of operating systems and office software to computer users around the world. If you use a computer to write a letter, compose an e-mail or visit a web site, chances are you're using Microsoft software. Microsoft's uncontested dominance of the personal compu...

9 MIN1992 JUN 27
Comments
Bill Gates

Barry Diller

Barry Diller is one of the most successful media and entertainment entrepreneurs of our times. As Vice President of Development at ABC Television in the 1960s, he pioneered the Movie of the Week and miniseries formats. He led the struggling network to dominance with popular programs such as Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley before leaving ABC to become Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. At Paramount, he helped triple profits within six years with blockbuster features like Saturday Night Fever and Raiders of the Lost Ark. After a decade at Paramount he moved to Fox Inc., parent company of the 20th Century Fox movie studio and the fledgling Fox television network. As Chairman and CEO of Fox, he built the new television network with offbeat successes such as Married With Children and The Simpsons. In this podcast, recorded in 1992 at the Academy of Achievement Summit in Las Vegas, Diller tells the Academy's student delegates about a recent decision to take a break form his work i...

8 MIN1992 JUN 27
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Barry Diller
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