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# Anne Cox Chambers

Random fact: First woman member of the Atlanta chamber of commerce.

Overview

Chambers was the largest shareholder of Cox Enterprises, a closely held media conglomerate, until December 2013, when she distributed shares to her children, grandchildren and to charity. Cox owns the third-biggest U.S. cable operator, seven newspapers, 14 TV stations and 59 radio stations, and had $18.1 billion of revenue in 2015.

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Citizenship United States
Age 95
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Biography

Birthdate: 12/1/1919
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: Finch College, Bachelor's Degree

Anne Beau Cox Chambers is the daughter of James M. Cox, who built a U.S. newspaper chain after buying the Dayton Evening News in 1898. He became a politician, serving first as an Ohio state representative, then as governor. In 1920, he ran for the U.S. presidency as a Democrat, losing to fellow newspaper publisher Warren G. Harding.

Following his death in 1957, Cox's two daughters, Chambers and Barbara Cox Anthony, took control of Cox Enterprises, which had diversified into television and radio. Chambers became the chairwoman of the company's Atlanta Newspapers division, which owned the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her sister's husband, James Garner Anthony took the top position in the company.

Today, Cox Enterprises is run by Chambers's nephew, James Kennedy. The company operates eight daily newspapers, 14 TV stations and 57 radio stations, and has annual revenue of more than $17 billion.

Chambers was appointed ambassador to Belgium by U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1977. She remains active in the arts, having served on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum in New York.

In December 2013, she filed for, and was approved, to end the trust her father created for her which held her share of Cox Enterprises. She distributed her stake to her three children, Margaretta Taylor, Katharine Rayner and James Chambers, as well as to grandchildren and charities.

Milestones
  • 1919 Anne Beau Cox Chambers is born in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1937 Attends the Finch School in New York.
  • 1955 Marries Robert William Chambers, with whom she has three children.
  • 1969 Cox Enterprises acquires Manheim Auto Auctions.
  • 1974 Brother dies; with sister Barbara, gains control of family business.
  • 1988 Son James become chairman of Cox Enterprises.
  • 1995 Company spins off Cox Communications in an initial public offering.
  • 1996 Shares of Cox Radio are sold in an initial public offering.
  • 2004 Family takes Cox Communications private.
  • 2013 Chambers distributes her ownership stake of Cox Enterprises to her children.