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John Kluge 26   
89 , self made
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Source: Metromedia

Net Worth: $10.5 bil  -

Country of citizenship: United States
Residence: Palm Beach,  FL,  United States
Industry: Media/Entertainment
Marital Status: married , 3 children
Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts / Science

German immigrant, onetime richest man in America, started with television stations; amassed fortune buying and selling broadcast, cellular properties. Tech crash drove his Metromedia Fiber Network into bankruptcy; emerged last year as AboveNet with equity partners Craig McCaw (see) and Franklin mutual funds. Overseas, Metromedia International telecom arm recently restructured after flirting with insolvency. He still has plenty of cash for philanthropy; gave $60 million to the Library of Congress.

 
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Associated Companies:
Metromedia   # 167 on Largest Private Cos. 2003 , # 170 on Largest Private Cos. 2002 , # 165 on Largest Private Cos. 2001 , # 119 on Largest Private Cos. 2000 , # 106 on Largest Private Cos. 1999
 
Other Lists:
Kluge, John Werner   # 17 on World's Richest People 2003 , # 20 on World's Richest People 2002 , # 24 on World's Richest People 2001 , On World's Richest People 2000 , On World's Richest People 1999 , # 15 on Forbes 400 2004 , # 14 on Forbes 400 2003 , # 12 on Forbes 400 2002 , # 13 on Forbes 400 2001 , # 15 on Forbes 400 2000 , # 13 on Forbes 400 1999

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