Alan Gerry

About Alan Gerry

Birth Day: December 24, 1929
Birth Place: Liberty, New York, United States
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Occupation: businessman
Known for: founder of Cablevision Industries
Spouse(s): Sandra E. Gerry
Children: Annelise Gerry Robyn Gerry Adam Gerry

Alan Gerry Net Worth

Alan Gerry was bornon December 24, 1929 in Liberty, New York, United States. Alan Gerry started building an upstate New York cable TV network in 1956 as a way to increase demand for TV sets--he owned a television repair shop. Four decades later, Cablevision Industries had 64 cable systems in 18 states. He sold the firm to Time Warner in 1996 for a reported $2.7 billion, pocketing $900 million. He has used that money to start his venture capital firm, Granite Associates, which invests in emerging technologies. In 1996 he bought the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, and built Bethel Woods Center for the Arts a decade later. He returned to the cable industry in 2013 after a 17-year absence, joining BCI Broadband's advisory board.
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💰 Net worth: $1.4 Billion (Updated at 22 June 2018)

2009 $1.1 Billion
2010 $1.15 Billion
2011 $1.25 Billion
2012 $1.3 Billion
2013 $1.3 Billion
2014 $1.4 Billion
2015 $1.4 Billion
2016 $1.4 Billion
2017 $1.5 Billion
2018 $1.4 Billion

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Biography/Timeline

1951

In 1951, he started a television sales, installation and repair Business in a converted grain elevator in his hometown. Concerned with the poor reception in his hometown, which impacted television sales due to the mountainous terrain, he installed antennas on the top of many of the surrounding mountains in order to provide reception to the people who lived in the valleys or lived on the hillsides not facing New York City. In 1956, he convinced seven local businessmen to invest in starting a local cable television system utilizing large "community antennas" on mountaintops which gathered the signal and then transferred it via cable to the individual homeowners. The company was named Liberty Video. He opened a store purely focused on television sales but soon realized that after an initial surge in sales, the recurring cash flows from cable subscribers was where the income was. In the early 1970s, he bought out his original partners and expanded into Pennsylvania and Massachusetts renaming the company Cablevision Industries. In the early 1980s, he installed the East Coast's first high-powered microwave delivery system, creating 100,000 house sub-clusters. Thereafter, he expanded into Florida, the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic States and was one of the first cable operators to deploy fiber optic cable. In 1996, he sold Cablevision Industries - then the 8th largest cable company and the largest privately owned cable company in the United States with 64 cable systems covering 1.3 million subscribers in 18 states - to Time Warner Cable for $2.7 billion,

1969

Gerry created the Gerry Foundation, an organization established to stimulate economic activity and revitalization in Sullivan County, New York. Gerry purchased and resurrected the original 1969 Woodstock Festival site. naming it the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York. Gerry donated $10 million to the National Cable Center in Denver. Gerry endowed a chair of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, established the Paul Gerry Dialysis Center in Sayre, Pennsylvania, funded the addition of a wing on his local hospital, and is involved in a program at Boston University to find a cure for amyloidosis.

1995

In 1995, Gerry was awarded the Vanguard Award, cable television's honor for distinguished leadership. In 2000, he was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. Gerry received the Entrepreneur-of-the-Year Award from the New England chapter of the Institute of American Entrepreneurs, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League. He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Roger Williams University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of New York.