John Malone: Cable's Comeback Kid

TCI's boss is back--and ready for the digital future

John C. Malone looks a little grayer and a touch stooped. It has been two rough years at the helm of Tele-Communications Inc., battling falling subscriber rolls, mounting debt, and the anxiety of investors who feared the chairman of the No.1 cable company had lost his way. But as he strolls the halls of Denver's Convention Center at a TCI-sponsored shindig for stock analysts and investors, Malone attracts a cluster of admirers. "Hey, you guys act like I've been away," he chides.

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