The king of cash The Inside Story of Laurence Tisch His net worth is more than $1 billion. His corporate assets total more than $40 billion and generate almost $14 billion in annual revenue. His thrift in the name of cash flow is legendary. He is often compared to Warren Buffett because of his knack for turning struggling companies into hugely profitable ones. He is Larry Tisch, Chairman of CBS. Written by a former Wall Street Journal editor, this book takes a candid look at the career of a man as admired as he was once despised. In this behind-the-scenes story, you'll come to know the unaffected family man whose best-known accomplishment is the transformation of CBS back to its glory days as the Tiffany Network. You'll find out what friends, family, colleagues, and detractors have to say about him. You'll see him in action as he out-negotiates rivals and protects himself and his stockholders even when situations turn sour. He is, as Christopher Winans describes him in this book, "unfettered by fear." A self-made man, Tisch transformed a modest family investment in Florida into the mega-empire Loews Corporation that owns, among other things, Bulova and the Lorillard Tobacco Company. In 1986, he staged a successful and closely watched coup of the CBS board, ousting its legendary chairman William Paley. Though he has often been derided for downgrading the fabled Tiffany network into more humble Kmart trappings, Tisch has been at the helm during CBS's elevation from the ratings cellar to become America's most watched network. He is the man who stole David Letterman from NBC.
In this fascinating book, Winans explores Tisch's investment philosophies and business strategies over the course of his career. He assesses Tisch's options in light of recent developments, including the loss of eight prime affiliates to Fox, the foiled QVC merger, and rumors that CBS is on the auction block. You'll meet some of the players in Tisch's high-stakes games, including Barry Diller, Warren Buffett, Bruce Wasserstein, "60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt, Martin Lipton, Fay Vincent, Gordon Getty, Arthur Liman, Howard Stringer, and dozens more.