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Anne Cox Chambers

Anne Cox Chambers
Born December 1, 1919 (1919-12) (age 96)
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Residence [1]
Citizenship United States
Education Finch College[1]
Known for primary owner of Cox Enterprises
Net worth US$18 billion (October 2015)[2]
Spouse(s) Louis G. Johnson (div.)
Robert W. Chambers (m. 1955)
Children Katharine Ann Johnson
Margaretta Johnson
James Cox Chambers
Relatives James M. Cox (father)
James M. Cox, Jr. (brother)
Barbara Cox Anthony (sister)
Anne Cox Chambers
United States Ambassador to Belgium
In office
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Leonard Firestone
Succeeded by Charles H. Price II

Anne Beau Cox Chambers (born December 1, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio) is an American media proprietor, who has a stake of interest in Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable television, and other businesses.[3]

She is the daughter of Atlanta, Georgia.

Her net worth was estimated by

  • Forbes 400
  • New Georgia Encyclopedia

External links

  1. ^ a b "The World's Billionaires (2010): #64 Anne Cox Chambers".  
  2. ^ "The World's Billionaire List". Forbes. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f McCarty, Laura. "Anne Cox Chambers (b. 1919)". talk page). All derived works must credit the NGE and the original author.
  4. ^ "Forbes 400 Richest Americans (2014): #28 Anne Cox Chambers".  
  5. ^ "The World's Billionaires - #60 Anne Cox Chambers". Forbes. 
  6. ^ "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter C" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved July 25, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Obama Volunteer Vibe: Punks and Billionaires". 
  8. ^ "Honorary Degrees Awarded by Oglethorpe University". Oglethorpe University. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 


See also

In 1983, she received an honorary degree in Doctor of Laws from Oglethorpe University.[8]


In 2005 the High Museum of Art named one of the wings of its expanded facility after Chambers in honor of her lifetime of support. Her work with the High began in 1965, when she helped to establish the "Forward Arts Foundation", a fund-raising group for the museum. In the early 1980s Chambers also served as honorary chair of the fund-raising effort to construct the museum's Richard Meier complex. In October 2006 the High, in collaboration with the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, opened the exhibition "Louvre Atlanta", in a partnership facilitated by Chambers.[3]

High Museum of Art In February 2008 it was reported in a blog post written by Jason Carter, the grandson of President Jimmy Carter and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2014, that she had become a passionate supporter of

Chambers is also a supporter of a wide range of cultural and educational charities, particularly relating to the arts and international affairs and has received many honorary doctorates and awards recognizing her efforts and philanthropy. She serves on the boards of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Atlanta Historical Society, and the Woodruff Arts Center, as well as on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pasteur Foundation, and the Whitney Museum in New York.[3] She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.[6]


In 2004 Cox Enterprises announced a debt financed $7.9 billion privatization bid for the 38% of the cable television business Cox Communications that it does not already own. With approximately 6.3 million cable subscribers Cox also provides high-speed Internet service to more than 2 million homes and telephone service to 1.1 million homes.

Anne Cox Chambers holds the Chair of Atlanta Newspapers and serves as a Director of Cox Enterprises, one of the largest diversified media companies in the United States. It owns one of the nation's largest cable television businesses, Cox Communications, which provides Internet and telephone; publishes newspapers including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Palm Beach Post; owns and operates broadcast television and radio stations; and owns Manheim Auctions, an automobile auction firm. It also owns stakes in a variety of internet businesses, including Autotrader, the largest retail automotive shopping site in the world. The Ambassador's nephew Jim Kennedy is chairman of Cox Enterprises.

Active in business and politics, Chambers was appointed ambassador to Belgium by U.S. president Jimmy Carter, a post she held from 1977 to 1981. She was a director of the board of the Coca-Cola Company during the 1980s, and she was the first woman in Atlanta to serve as a bank director (Fulton National Bank). She was also the first woman in Atlanta appointed to the board of the city's chamber of commerce.[3]

In 1974, upon the death of their brother, James M. Cox (known as "Jim Jr."), Chambers and Anthony gained a controlling interest in the family company. That same year Chambers became chairwoman of Atlanta Newspapers. Anthony became chairwoman of Dayton Newspapers, while her husband, Garner Anthony, became the administrative head of Cox Enterprises. In 1988 Anthony's son James Cox Kennedy became chairman and chief executive officer. Chambers remains a close advisor concerning the daily operation of the company.[3]


In 1955, she married Robert William Chambers, by whom she had a son, James Cox Chambers (an actor, dancer, and choreographer).

She was married to Louis G. Johnson by whom she had two children: Katharine Ann (married 1st Jesse Kornbluth, married 2nd William P. Rayner) and Margaretta (married 1st James F. Granite, 2nd Dr. Alexander Taylor, 3rd Michael Rich). The marriage ended in divorce.

Early life


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Philanthropy 3
    • High Museum of Art 3.1
  • Awards 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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