Resume: Barry Diller

BORN

Feb. 2, 1942, in San Francisco.

CHILDHOOD

Family moves to Beverly Hills, Calif., where his father runs a real estate company. Neighbors include Doris Day and Danny Thomas.

EDUCATION

Drops out of UCLA; begins to learn the entertainment industry as a clerk in the mailroom of William Morris Agency.

BIG BREAK

Promoted to ABC's chief of programming in his 20s. Credited with creating movie of the week and the mini-series.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Becomes chairman of Paramount Studios in 1974; in 1984, joins with Rupert Murdoch and develops Fox into the fourth TV network. Takes control of Home Shopping Network in 1995 and buys USA Network in 1998.

SETBACKS

Loses $10 billion bidding war for Paramount to Viacom in 1994; two bids to buy NBC fizzle; deal to merge with Internet portal Lycos falls apart in 1999.

RITUALS

Annual bike trip with Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

FAMILY

Confirmed bachelor marries longtime friend Diane von Furstenberg in 2001.

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