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John Werner Kluge

John Werner Kluge was American broadcast executive. Named one of The World's Richest People, Forbes Magazine, 1999—2010, Forbes 400: Richest Americans, Forbes magazine, 1999—2010.

Background

  • KLUGE, John was born on September 21, 1914 in Chemnitz, Germany. Son of Fritz Kluge and Gertrude (nee Donj) Kluge.

  • Education

    • Student, Wayne University. Bachelor, Columbia, 1937.

    Career

    • Vice president, sales manager Otten Brothers, Inc., Detroit, 1937-1941. President, director radio station WGAY, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1946-1959, St. Louis Broadcasting Corporation, Brentwood, Missouri, 1953-1958, Pittsburgh Broadcasting Company, 1954-1959. President, treasurer, director Capitol Broadcasting Company, Nashville, 1954-1959, Associate Broadcasters, Inc., Fort Worth-Dallas, 1957-1959.

      Partner Western New York Broadcasting Company, Buffalo, 1957-1960. President, director Washington Planagraph Company, 1956-1960, Middle-Florida Radio Corporation, Orlando, 1952-1959. Treasurer, director Mid-Florida Television Corporation, 1957-1960.

      Owner Kluge Investment Company, Washington, 1956-1960. Partner Nashton Properties, Nashville, 1954-1960, Texworth Investment Company, Fort Worth, 1957-1960. Chairman board Seaboard Service System, Inc., 1957-1958.

      Chairman board, president, Chief Executive Officer Metromedia Inc., Secaucus, New Jersey, 1959-1986. Former general partner, chairman board, president, Chief Executive Officer Metromedia Company. Now president, chairman board Benale Holdings Corporation, Dallas.

      Also chairman, director LDDS Communications, Jackson, Mississippi. Investor, operator New York/New Jersey Metro Stars, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1995. President New England Fritos, Boston, 1947—1955, New York Institute Dietetics, New York City, 1953—1960.

      Chairman board, president, director Metromedia, Incorporated, New York York City, Bear Stearns Company, Inc. Chairman board, treasurer, director Kluge, Finkelstein & Company, Baltimore. Chairman board, treasurer Tri-Suburban Broadcasting Corporation, Washington, Kluge & Company, Belding Hemingway Company, Inc.

      Chairman board, president, treasurer Silver City Sales Company, Washington. Board directors Marriott-Hot Shoppes, Inc., Chock Full O' Nuts Corporation, National Bank Maryland, Waldorf Astoria Corporation, Just One Break, Inc., Belding Heminway Company, Inc. Member advisory council Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

      Member Washington Board Trade. Served as captain United States Army, 1941-1945.

    Membership

    Trustee Strang Clinic Miliken University. Board governors New York College Osteopathic Medicine. Vice president, board directors United Cerebral Palsy Research & Educational Foundation, from 1972.

    Board directors Brand Names Foundation, Inc., Shubert Foundation. Member of National Sugar Brokers Association, Advertising Council New York City, Grocery Manufacturers Representatives Washington, National Association Radio & television Broadcasters, Advertising Club Washington, Grocery Wheels Washington, Washington Food Brokers Association (president 1958), National Food Brokers Association, New York City Metropolitan Club, National Capital Skeet &Trap Club, Washington Army Navy.

    Connections

    • Married Theodora Thomson, 1946 (divorced). Married Yolanda Zucco, 1969 (divorced). Children: Samantha, Joseph.

      Married Patricia Rose Gay, 1981 (divorced 1991). 1 child John Werner II. Married Maria Tussi.
    • father: Fritz Kluge
    • mother: Gertrude Donj
    • spouses: Theodora Thomson
    • Yolanda Zucco
    • Patricia Rose Gay
    • Maria Tussi.
    • children: Samantha Kluge
    • Joseph Kluge
    John Kluge
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    Born September 21, 1914
    Died September 8, 2010
    (aged 95)
    Nationality
    • 1937
      Columbia
    • 1937 - 1941
      Vice president, Otten Brothers
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1937 - 1941
      sales manager, Otten Brothers
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1946 - 1959
      president, radio station WGAY
      Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
    • 1946 - 1959
      director, radio station WGAY
      Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
    • 1952 - 1959
      president, Washington Planagraph Company
      Orlando, Florida, United States
    • 1952 - 1959
      director, Washington Planagraph Company
      Orlando, Florida, United States
    • 1953 - 1958
      president, radio station WGAY
      Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
    • 1953 - 1958
      director, radio station WGAY
      Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
    • 1954 - 1959
      president, Capitol Broadcasting Company
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    • 1954 - 1959
      treasurer, Capitol Broadcasting Company
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    • 1954 - 1959
      director, Capitol Broadcasting Company
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    • 1954 - 1960
      partner, Nashton Properties
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    • 1954 - 1959
      president, radio station WGAY
    • 1954 - 1959
      director, radio station WGAY
    • 1956 - 1960
      owner Kluge Investment Company
      Washington, United States
    • 1956 - 1960
      president, Washington Planagraph Company
    • 1956 - 1960
      director, Washington Planagraph Company
    • 1957 - 1960
      partner, Western New York Broadcasting Company
      Buffalo, New York, United States
    • 1957 - 1960
      partner, Nashton Properties
      Fort Worth, Texas, United States
    • 1957 - 1959
      president, Capitol Broadcasting Company
    • 1957 - 1959
      treasurer, Capitol Broadcasting Company
    • 1957 - 1959
      director, Capitol Broadcasting Company
    • 1957 - 1960
      treasurer, Mid-Florida Television Corporation
    • 1957 - 1960
      director, Mid-Florida Television Corporation
    • 1957 - 1958
      chairman, board Seaboard Service System
    • 1995
      investor
      Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
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