Media Mogul Sumner Redstone, Who Oversaw Viacom and CBS, Dies at 97

He turned his family’s movie theater chain into a $40 billion global media powerhouse

Sumner Redstone rededicated himself to his business after getting badly burned in a 1979 hotel fire. Getty Images

Sumner Redstone, who presided over an estimated $40 billion media empire that included both Viacom and CBS Corp, died on Tuesday. He was 97.

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