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Sumner Redstone Biography (Sumner Murray Rothstein): CBS & Viacom Chairman
Famous for : being one of the richest men in America, his career in the media and entertainment industry, and for firing Tom Cruise when he was Paramount's biggest box office star.
Redstone details : Born - May 27, 1923 Massachusetts, USA / Lives - United States of America

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I've always had that obsessive will to win and a commitment to excellence.
Sumner Redstone - Winning - Commitment - Improvement

I knew very little about television, I knew very little about cable, cable programming. But my instincts were right.
Sumner Redstone - Media - Instinct

I listen to my daughter. I listen to Paula, but I make the decisions. The decision to say goodbye to Cruise was mine.
Sumner Redstone - Decisions - Advice

One doesn't accept bad challenges. Part of it is always the risk-taking without seeing that the risks are rational and the rewards are commensurate.. are more than commensurate.. with the risks.
Sumner Redstone - Challenges - Risk

When I lose my marbles which is never, when I lose my energy, I travel the world today for Viacom, China, Turkey, Dubai, Kuwait. When that happens, I'll know enough to retire, but that's never gonna happen. I'm here for forever.
Sumner Redstone - Retirement - Optimistic - Hard Work

At the time we acquired Viacom, everyone said I had overpaid. But even at today's depressed prices, that investment is worth billions. Everyone was saying MTV was a fad. I knew better.
Sumner Redstone - Media - Buying - Instinct - Advice - Investing

We all have to decide how we are going to fail.. by not going far enough or by going too far.
Sumner Redstone - Decisions - Challenges - Risk - Failure

In order to succeed, you have to live dangerously.. as long as the danger is rationally accepted and as long as the rewards far outweigh the risk.
Sumner Redstone - Risk
- Success

The explosion was good. It sent a message to the rest of the world that the time of the big star getting all this money is over. And it is! I would like to think that what I did, or what we did, has had a salutary effect on the rest of the industry. (Sumner talking about firing Tom Cruise)
Sumner Redstone - Media
- Wages

Success is not built on success. It's built on failure. It's built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe.
Sumner Redstone - Challenges
- Failure - Success - Frustration

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