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Ralph Roberts

Sep 15, 2003  •  Post A Comment

From his first purchase of a tiny cable system in rural Mississippi, Ralph Roberts went on to forge the nation’s largest cable footprint. After founding the company that would become Comcast Corp. in 1963, Mr. Roberts has held the title of chairman since 1989.
Cable was not always in his blood, however. Mr. Roberts spent his early career with Muzak Corp., worked at an advertising agency and later became president, CEO and, ultimately, owner of Pioneer Industries, a company that designed and sold men’s suspenders and cuff links. After selling Pioneer in the early 1960s, Mr. Roberts went looking for new ventures and a friend approached him about buying a cable system in Tupelo, Miss.
Mr. Roberts was born in New York City and spent his early childhood in suburban Westchester County. His family moved to Philadelphia when Mr. Roberts was 12. He holds a degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and served in the U.S. Navy.
Though he has relinquished much of the day-to-day management of Comcast to his son Brian, Mr. Roberts remains active in a wide range of community and civic functions in the Philadelphia area and is a charter member of the World Business Council.
Mr. Roberts was named to the National Cable Hall of Fame in 2000.