High Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built

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Wiley, May 19, 2008 - Business & Economics - 544 pages
There has possibly never been a more daring business figure in Canada’s history than Ted Rogers. Hailed by some as a visionary with an incomparable insight, and equally loathed by others as a ruthless opportunist, Ted Rogers relentlessly conquered his rivals in three industries – radio, cable television and cellular telephony. High Wire Act is an unprecedented, in-depth analysis into how Ted Rogers, driven by the psychological need to restore his family's name, leveraged his stake in a small Toronto FM radio station and propelled it into a media and telecommunications behemoth worth over $23 billion. The many topics covered in the book include details on Rogers’…
  • Unmatched ability to foresee the convergence of cable and telephony before anyone else did
  • Insatiable appetite for debt and risk taking, and how he bet his company three times to carry out his vision
  • Shrewd political and regulatory maneuvers that always kept him one step ahead of his competitors and political adversaries such as Bell and the Aspers
  • Opportunistic acquisition of the Toronto Blue Jays

High Wire Act is a fascinating and one-of-a-kind look into one of Canada’s most audacious and visionary business figures of the past fifty years. Every Canadian business reader will be enthralled by this enduring success story of Canada’s only true telecommunications mogul.

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About the author (2008)

Caroline Van Hasselt is an award-winning reporter. She was Boston Bureau Chief for New York-based Bloomberg News and has appeared regularly on Bloomberg Radio. She has worked for the Financial Times of Canada and forensic accountants Lindquist Avey Macdonald Baskerville Inc. Over an almost 20-year career in journalism, and five-year hiatus as a senior investigator with Canada’s foremost forensic accounting firm, the author has covered oil and gas, entertainment, mergers and acquisitions and financial services industries. She was first to break the news of two of Canada’s biggest-ever takeovers: Amoco Canada’s 1988 acquisition of Dome Petroleum, and Royal Bank of Canada’s ultimately failed merger with Bank of Montreal. She chronicled entertainment giant MCA’s battle with Cineplex Odeon’s Garth Drabinsky in a feature Financial Times of Canada inside story titled “On the Cutting Room Floor.”

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