Ralph J. Roberts
Founder of Comcast Corporation
Comcast began its humble roots with the purchase of a 1,200-subscriber cable television system in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 1963. Today, Comcast has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team, and a large multipurpose arena in Philadelphia.
Prior to starting Comcast, Roberts was president and CEO of Pioneer Industries, a leading men’s clothing accessories company, vice president of Muzak Corporation, and an account executive with Aitken Kynett Advertising Agency.
Roberts graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. He also participated in continuing education programs at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Roberts, 91, is involved in numerous community and civic activities. He currently serves on the boards of Council of Emeritus Directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Brandywine Museum and Conservancy, as well as the advisory board of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees, University of Pennsylvania Health System. He also is a charter member of the World Business Council.