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Comcast CEO Roberts emerges from Malone shadow as king of cable

Brian Roberts has spent at least $91 billion acquiring companies over a dozen years.
Brian Roberts has spent at least $91 billion acquiring companies over a dozen years.Rick Wilking/Reuters

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NEW YORK — Brian Roberts is putting an end to John Malone’s cable cowboy era.

The Comcast CEO, who secured a deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, has long operated in the shadow of Malone, the Liberty Media Corp. chairman and billionaire investor who helped to establish the U.S. cable industry and has long dominated it with a forceful personality.

No longer. Roberts has spent at least $91 billion acquiring companies in the past dozen years, including the $52 billion purchase of AT&T’s cable business in 2002. If his purchase of Time Warner Cable is approved, that would bring his acquisition tally to at least $136 billion.

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