In just five years, CEO HALSEY M. MINOR has created an online media empire with CNET. The 33-year-old has 11 Internet sites, including the popular all-tech, and four television programs devoted to technology. CNET has yet to earn a profit, but 1997 revenues should more than double, to $37 million. With his September launch of Snap! Online, a competitor to America Online, Minor is going after mainstream consumers.

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