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Charles William ERGEN

Primary Position:
Primary Company:
DISH Network
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $15.7 billion
Source of Wealth:
1 March 1953
Christian (Episcopalian)
United States
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
Marital Status:


Native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ergen was born in 1953. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and his MBA from Wake Forest University. Began his career with a snack manufacturer, Frito-Lay as a Financial Analyst in 1976; resigned in 1978. Ergen also served as a Travelling Auditor of a North Carolina-based textile company, Collins and Aikman. In 1980, he co-founded satellite broadcaster based in Colorado, EchoStar Communications Corporation with his wife, Cantey Ergen and friend, James DeFranco. In 1995, he launched ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
University of Tennessee
Qualification Name:
Bachelor's degree
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Interesting Facts

In 2014, DISH Network reportedly entered into a partnership agreement with a San Francisco, California-based pioneer of pCell technology, Artemis Networks, in order to provide high speed and good signal strength for internet connection for the entire bay area of San Francisco, California.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Philanthropy
Description: Serves as Co-Executive Director at family foundation, The Telluray Foundation.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Travel
Description: After resigning from Frito-Lay in 1978, Ergen became a freelancer by investing in the stock market. In his spare time, he reportedly enjoyed travelling overseas with his future wife at that time, Cantey.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Card Games
Description: Ergen was a professional blackjack player.

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Giving Profile: Co-Executive Director of The Telluray Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had more than $3 million in assets and donated more than $160,000; gives primarily to health and children's educational causes. Recipients include: Prostate Cancer Education Council, Young Life and Denver School of Science and Technology. In addition, Ergen is a generous philanthropic donor; reportedly, Ergen and his family has donated a cumulative amount of at least $1 million to Children's Hospital Colorado in 2007.

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