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Born: 1960's

AOL Executive, Owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals

Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman of America Online, Inc., leads the company's Audience Business, which seeks to grow an Internet audience via programming and products, and monetize this audience through advertising, search, and commerce. Leonsis is a pioneer of the Internet and new media, a sports team owner, and an innovator in the world of philanthropy.

Known as AOL's "champion of the member," he is responsible for delivering a world-class experience for AOL's members in today's multiband environment; oversees the core AOL service; leads efforts to develop cutting-edge products and programming across the company's narrowband, broadband, wireless, and voice services; and oversees efforts to capitalize on growth opportunities in advertising, search, and commerce.

Throughout his 10 years with AOL, he is credited with positioning AOL as a major media company and inventing the channel programming model.

Prior to joining AOL, Leonsis was founder and CEO of Redgate Communications Corp., considered the first new-media marketing company, participated in launches of the Apple MacIntosh, the IBM PC and Wang office automation, and founded four computing magazines.

As majority owner of hockey's Washington Capitals, Leonsis has employed state-of-the-art consumer and interactive initiatives to dramatically boost the Capitals' attendance and revenue. He is also a minority shareholder in the Washington Wizards with future purchase rights to the team and to MCI Center in Washington.

Leonsis was once mayor of Orchid, Florida, and sits on the boards of Georgetown University and several charities, where he has used the interactive medium to encourage greater volunteerism and involvement. He has been named one of the 25 most powerful people in sports by Sporting News, and businessman of the year by Washington Business Journal.

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