Master of the Game: Steve Ross and the Creation of Time Warner
In a career that began in Brooklyn and spanned Wall Street, Hollywood, and the Mafia, Ross built his father-in-law's funeral business and a parking lot company into Time Warner, the largest media and entertainment company in the world. Hard-hitting and compulsive reading, this book takes you into the heart of what made this arrogant yet irresistible man tick.
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with which Kinney dealt, was controlled by the Genovese family. Vincent Cafaro, one of the people recorded, began cooperating with the government after he was indicted in the Commission case, and he submitted numerous signed statements to the FBI. In one of his early statements, in October 1986, Cafaro—who claimed he had known Fat Tony Salerno for over thirty years—said, “In our brugad [the Genovese family], most of the members of La Cosa Nostra make their living from illegal gambling
and power within the corporation had derived from them. But now it was the video group that seemed to be lighting the way to the company’s future, and its personnel—Munro, Nicholas, Levin, and others—who were occupying the executive suites on the thirty-fourth floor. His selection of Munro, however, was a decision that Heiskell rather quickly came to regret as he watched Munro—an unaffected man who had done graduate work at Teachers College, Columbia University, and whom one might take for a
interested in the funeral business. I mean, who would? He said he didn’t want to go to embalming school, but that was fine with us. He was so great with people. We wanted him on the floor.” Ross threw himself into his new vocation. He was tutored in his role as funeral director by Marc Iglesias, who had been at the Riverside chapel for a number of years, and who now became Ross’s close friend; they both lived at 241 Central Park West, and would walk to Riverside together each morning. Their
saw that Ross had given, under oath, this revisionist account. He said he commented on it to WCI’s general counsel, Martin Payson, who responded, “I know that it didn’t happen the way Steve says, Manny. But Steve believes it did.” Gordon Crawford became a confirmed Ross admirer, if not an acolyte, while witnessing the Atari deal. What struck him was that Ross, as a dealmaker, not only had extraordinary conceptual talents but, “more than most, he understands what drives the egos of the people on