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 ...Contact us to see more Biography
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In 1980, Ergen along with his wife, Cantey Ergen and his friend, James DeFranco invested $60,000 in savings and bought a satellite dish franchise for Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and later established EchoStar Communications Corporation.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
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Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Card Games
Description: Ergen was a professional blackjack player.
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: Outdoors - Mountain Climbing
Description: Reportedly likes mountain climbing.
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.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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