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CNBC Titans

About CNBC Titans

CNBC Titans profiles remarkable people who made careers turning the "unthinkable" into reality.

"CNBC Titans" profiles remarkable people who made careers turning the "unthinkable" into reality and companies that grew from humble roots to worldwide recognition.

Get the real stories behind some of the most famous icons, the greatest companies and the giants of industry who helped build them. Discover the key to their fortune and the passion that drove their success. They changed the world and how you do business.

Episodes

  • Steve Jobs Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 5:57 AM ET

    Irrepressible and iconic, Steve Jobs reigned as the undisputed king of Silicon Valley for the better part of three decades. From the Macintosh and the iPod, to iTunes and the iPhone, Jobs secured his legacy as one of the few who dared to “Think Different.”

  • Jack Welch Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 3:15 AM ET
    Jack Welch

    Maria Bartiromo explores the life of one of the most admired and controversial business titans in history, Jack Welch.Welch transformed General Electric, increasing its market value by $387 billion and making it the most valuable company in the world.

  • Procter & Gamble Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 4:41 AM ET

    Only in America could two immigrants — an English candlemaker and an Irish soapmaker — create what would become the most powerful consumer goods company in history. P&G's relentless drive for innovation and improvement led to the creation of some of our most cherished products.

  • Herb Kelleher Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 3:57 AM ET

    Herb Kelleher, the founder and former CEO of Southwest Airlines, grew the airline from a small regional carrier with just four jets into an industry leader. A straight-talking iconoclast, Kelleher is adored by employees and respected on Wall Street.

  • Quincy Jones Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 5:06 AM ET

    Jazz musician, arranger, the first black executive of a major record company, producer, entrepreneur, and social activist. With more Grammy nominations and awards than anyone else alive, Quincy Jones is one of the great African-American success stories.

  • Milton Hershey Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 6:14 AM ET

    Hershey. Few words sound sweeter. But behind the mouthwatering chocolate is a man, Milton S. Hershey, whose obsessive search for the perfect confectionary turned a pastoral Pennsylvania town into the candy-making capital of the world.

  • Jack Daniel's Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 3:21 AM ET

    Jack Daniel and his Tennessee Whiskey are American legends revered by rebels and rock stars. In 1866, four years after Jasper “Jack” Daniel became a licensed distiller at the ripe old age of 16, he founded the nation’s oldest distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn. Today, Jack Daniel’s is the most popular whiskey in the world.

  • Lee Iacocca Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 3:28 AM ET

    The quintessential brash, bold, imperial CEO of the 1980s — when this type of chief executive reigned supreme. Lee Iacocca began his career as an engineer for the Ford Motor Company. He quickly gravitated to sales and rose to become president of the company.

  • Barry Diller Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 5:36 AM ET
    Barry Diller tells CNBC that media companies that are not pushing the limits of innovation will be left behind.  "If you're not experimenting, or innovating, and not risking your 'so to speak' closed business to new business models and ways of behavior, you'll inherit the wind," he said. That’s a piece of advice he said the media conglomerates should

    If one had to create a fictional profile on the most successful media titan in history, it would be tough to fashion one more deserving than Barry Diller: CEO of Paramount Pictures, creator of the Fox Network and founder of the USA Network.

  • Leo Burnett Saturday, 25 Feb 2012 | 4:55 AM ET

    He was advertising's original Mad Man. Not to mention creator of the Jolly Green Giant, Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

  • George Foreman Saturday, 18 Feb 2012 | 1:28 AM ET

    From a life of poverty – to a world-class boxer – to a multimillionaire businessman, the life of George Foreman would seem unbelievable even by Hollywood standards. The key to Foreman’s fortune is his magnetic personality and power to sell.

  • Merv Griffin Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 1:33 AM ET

    A pioneering singer, talk show host, and media mogul, Merv Griffin was a true iconoclast who created some of the most popular game shows of all time, including Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. But, it was his business prowess in real estate that would eventually make him a billionaire.

  • Hugh Hefner Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 8:18 AM ET

    Hugh Hefner’s lifestyle and sense of style forever changed American pop culture. CNBC Titans profiles the life of the iconic playboy and his multi-million dollar empire.

  • Donald Trump Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:58 AM ET

    There is no name more synonymous with real estate — or self-promotion — than Donald J. Trump. But behind the bold, brash businessman is a doting father and devoted family man, a far cry from the titan of industry who will do anything to seal a deal and vanquish a competitor.

  • Ted Turner Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    Ted Turner is a media mogul, world-class sailor and conservationist. Turner made his fortune with CNN, the first 24-hour cable news network and went on to create a multi-billion dollar media empire.

About CNBC Titans

  • "CNBC Titans" profiles remarkable people who made careers turning the “unthinkable” into reality and companies that grew from humble roots to worldwide recognition. Get the real stories behind some of the most famous icons, the greatest companies and the giants of industry who helped build them. Discover the key to their fortune and the passion that drove their success. They changed the world and how you do business.

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