1. In his college days before founding CNN, the world's first 24-hour cable news channel, Turner was a member of Brown University's sailing team and was captain of the 1977 U.S. America's Cup team.
2. In 1959, Turner was suspended from Brown University because he had a woman in his dorm room and later left the school on his own terms. Though he didn't end up graduating, the university has awarded Turner honorary baccalaureate and doctorate degrees over the years.
9. In 1991, Turner became the first media figure to be named Time Magazine's Man of the Year.
10. He has won the Peabody Award in 1998, the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and the News & Documentary Emmy Lifetime Achievement award in 2015.
11. In 1997, Turner gifted $1 billion to support the United Nations, in one of the largest philanthropic gestures in history.
12. In July 2015, city leaders renamed a stretch of downtown Atlanta to Ted Turner Drive in his honor. The street is just across his restaurant, Ted's Montana Grill, and around the corner from CNN.
13. His secret to success: "Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise."