Title: Chairman/CEO, Fox News;Chairman, Fox Television Stations
Years in Cable: 18
Education: Ohio U. (Ailes was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Communications in 1990).
Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Love to win and hate to lose.
Why Him? Oh, because, you know, Fox News has totally owned cable news for years. The dominant news network only seems to get stronger and its lowest rated shows still beat the highest rated shows of any other news network. Ailes just knows how to produce compelling TV. Period.
Flip Side: Sure, Fox News’ ratings were down in October compared to the same period a year ago. But one month doesn’t make a trend. Still, you can bet Ailes’ competitors are keeping careful watch.
Year Ahead: 2012 is an election year. Could this be a good year for Fox News? History suggests high expectations.
My favorite meal I can also prepare myself: Steak
Favorite business and/or motivational book: “How To Live” by Sarah Bakewell
Guilty television pleasure: PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow”
This incident from my youth taught me an important lesson. What was the incident and the lesson? The problem with most people who don’t succeed is that they see options…. It’s the way I was brought up. I dug ditches, I put in sewer pipe, I put in guardrail. When I was 18, my dad looked at me and said, ‘Where are you going? You can’t live here… You going to go in the service? You want me to put your name in up at the shop? Try to go to college?’ So, I went to a cheap state school so I could work three jobs. When you don’t see options, you don’t give up easy. (paraphrased from The Wall Street Journal)
What puzzles me most about Millennials is: The world pays you for results, so I try to make young people focus on what results did you get today, what did you accomplish, because in the end your success is going to depend on that." (Ohio Today, 2009)