Charles William Ergen better known as Charlie Ergen (born 1953) is the former co-founder, and Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Dish Network, formerly known as the EchoStar Communications Corporation. He stepped down in May 2011.
Charles Ergen was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on March 1, 1953. He received a Bachelor of Arts the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and an M.B.A. Wake Forest University. He was a blackjack and poker professional player.
In 1980, he founded EchoStar with his wife Cantey ("Candy"), and friend Jim DeFranco. He started selling satellite dishes door to door in Colorado. Both Cantey Ergen and Jim DeFranco still sit on EchoStar's eight-member board. He purchased Sling Media in 2008.
- ^ a b c The Wall Street Journal profile
- ^ a b Dish Network Board of Directors
- ^ a b c d Otis Bilodeau and Chitra Somayaji, 'EchoStar Accounting Raises Flags in Probe, People Say', in Bloomberg, March 10, 2005 
- ^ a b Forbes biography
- ^ a b BusinessWeek profile
- ^ a b c d NNDB profile
- ^ a b c d BusinessWeek resume
- ^ a b c d Forbes profile 2011
- ^ a b c Forbes profile 2004
- ^ a b Dann Shea, 'Charles Ergen: Meet America's Richest Media Mogul You've Never Heard Of', on The Huffington Post 09-18-08 
- ^ "Can Charlie Ergen still go it alone?". Business Week. 1 November 2004. http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_44/b3906118.htm.
- ^ The Forbes 400: The Richest People in America 2011
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