Resume: Barry Diller
Feb. 2, 1942, in San Francisco.
Family moves to Beverly Hills, Calif., where his father runs a real estate company. Neighbors include Doris Day and Danny Thomas.
Drops out of UCLA; begins to learn the entertainment industry as a clerk in the mailroom of William Morris Agency.
Promoted to ABC's chief of programming in his 20s. Credited with creating movie of the week and the mini-series.
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.
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.
Annual bike trip with Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
Confirmed bachelor marries longtime friend Diane von Furstenberg in 2001.