Ted Turner’s Best Investment

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Monica Gray
Monica Gray Monica Gray is the video correspondent for the Diplomatic Courier. In this role she conducts exclusive interviews with key diplomatic players and produces mini-documentaries on pressing issues of the day. Monica holds a masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and a BA in American Studies, also from the University of Virginia. You can check out more of her work on http://www.diplomaticourier.com and follow her on Twitter @MonicaNGray.

The founder of CNN and Turner Broadcasting as well as the former owner of the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks, Ted Turner is one of America’s wealthiest individuals. At age 75, he is worth over $2 billion and is one of the largest landowners in the country. But Turner believes his best investment came in 1998 when he pledged $1 billion to the United Nations Foundation (UNF).


The idea was to help the United Nations tackle challenges that transcend political borders, by connecting it to experts from nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s) and the business community. As Turner nears the fulfillment of his pledge, the UNF’s achievements include : the immunization of over one billion children; the distribution of over four million antimalarial beds; and a series of climate change initiatives that guide current UN-led negotiations. The UNF has drawn high-profile advocates from around the world—ranging from former presidents and business leaders to media professionals and A-list celebrities—who gathered at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York, where The Diplomatic Courier caught up with Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post 2015 Development Planning; Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Robert Orr, UN Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination & Strategic Planning.

To learn more about the UNF and how you can get involved, click here.

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VIDEO: Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning

VIDEO: Global Leadership Awards Dinner: “Why I Support the UNF”

Interview conducted by DC-based video journalist Monica Gray. Video was originally published by the Diplomatic Courier magazine and has been republished with permission. Copyright 2006-2013 The Diplomatic Courier™. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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