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Who Owns the World's Media?Media Concentration and Ownership around the World$
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Eli M. Noam and The International Media Concentration Collaboration

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987238

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987238.001.0001

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The Owners of the World’s Media

The Owners of the World’s Media

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Who Owns the World's Media?

Eli M. Noam

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines who owns the world’s major media companies. It identifies the major owners of media properties around the world. There are various types of ownership: public ownership; and private ownership-by individuals and families, or by institutional investors such as private equity funds. Governments and public institutions own about one third of the world’s major media organizations, including telecom. Large institutional financial firms own another third. And major individual and family ownership covers the remaining third. The chapter measures and identifies the ownership structure of major media firms, as well as the media holdings of owners. The largest of owners are the Chinese government; financial institutions such as Vanguard and Fidelity; and individuals such as Carlos Slim, the Google founders

Keywords:   media market, shareholders, governmental ownership, media properties, partnerships, state ownership, institutional ownership

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