Candy and Charlie Ergen

Candy and Charlie Ergen
  • Joined the Giving Pledge: 05/31/2018 - Letter Pending
  • Estimated Net Worth: $9.3 billion
  • Forbes Rank: Not Ranked
  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Born: Candy Ergen - Information not available
    Charlie Ergen - 1953
  • Residence: Denver, CO

Getting his start selling satellite dishes from the back of a pickup truck in the 1980s, today Charlie Ergen is chairman and co-founder of the $15 billion satellite TV provider DISH Network, and head of EchoStar, the DISH spinoff, focused on satellite communications hardware. Notoriously frugal, Ergen never flies first class, and furnishes his office with second-hand furniture. Ergen has climbed all of Colorado's 53 fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 feet) as well as reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest's base camp.

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