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John Werner Kluge

broadcast executive

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.


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


Student, Wayne University. Bachelor, Columbia, 1937.


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.


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.


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.

Fritz Kluge

Gertrude Donj

Theodora Thomson

Yolanda Zucco

Patricia Rose Gay

Maria Tussi.

Samantha Kluge

Joseph Kluge