Sumner Murray Redstone, popularly known as Sumner Redstone is an American businessman who has his net worth in billions. He is the owner of popular media companies such as Viacom, Paramount Pictures, and CBS. He had made great donations for charity causes. Redstone co-wrote an autobiographical book with author Peter Knobler which is titled A Passion to Win.
Sumner Redstone was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. on May 27, 1923. As per his nationality, Redstone is an American and belongs to the White ethnic group. He was born under the star sign Gemini.
He was born to Belle and Michael Rothstein. His father changed the family surname Rothstein to Redstone which is technically the translation of the German-Jewish surname.
Redstone completed his school level education from Boston Latin School. For further studies, he joined Harvard College and graduated in 1944. He attended Georgetown University Law Center for a brief period of time and then joined Harvard Law School. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1947.
Sumner Redstone married Phyllis Gloria Raphael in 1947. They were together for more than half a century. They had two children, a son named Brent Redstone and a daughter named Shari Redstone. For some unstated reasons, the couple parted their ways by getting a divorce in 1999.
Sumner married for the second time in 2002 with Paula Fortunato. She was a primary school teacher and was 39 years younger than him. On October 17, 2008, he filed for the divorce with Paula and the divorce was finalized on January 22, 2009.
Redstone has also been connected with many of his live-in girlfriends. He was with Sydney Holland since 2010 but left her in August 2015. Similarly, he also settled with his another live-in girlfriend Manuela Herzer in January 2019.
Sumner Redstone’s net worth as of 2019 is $4.8 billion. He amassed such a huge amount of net worth from his hard work and dedication in his field of business. The income that he receives from his different ventures has not been made known to the public and the media at large.
Redstone has purchased a house in Los Angeles in 2002 for the price of $14.5 million. Redstone has made a contribution to many philanthropic causes which amounts to more than $150 million.
Sumner Redstone started his career as a United States Army during World War II. Later, he worked as an assistant to U.S. Attorney General Tom C. Clark and then worked at the United States Department of Justice Tax Division in Washington.
In 1954, he decided to join his father’s theater chain National Amusement and eventually he became CEO of the company in 1967.
Redstone invested in different production companies such as Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and Orion Pictures. He took over Viacom in 1987 and made it a top media company.
He also acquired Paramount Pictures in 1993 which give super hit movies such as Titanic, Braveheart, Mission Impossible and many more. Redstone also acquired the company CBS and merged it with his company.