John C. Malone (born March 7, 1941) is the current chairman of Liberty Media and CEO of Discovery Holding Company. He was the interim CEO of Liberty Media until succeeded by former Oracle CFO Greg Maffei.
Malone was born in Milford, Connecticut. He graduated with the class of 1959 from Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a Phi Beta Kappa and merit scholar at Yale University where he obtained a B.A. in Electrical Engineering and Economics in 1963. He also received a Master of Science in Industrial Management from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins in 1967. Malone was also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TCI. Previous to that, from 1973 to 1996, Dr. Malone served as President and CEO of Tele-Communications Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank of New York, the Cato Institute, Expedia and the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Additionally, Dr. Malone is Chairman Emeritus of the Board for Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. and Chairman of Liberty Global, Inc., and the DirecTV Group.
Malone began his career in 1963 at Bell Telephone Laboratories/AT&T in economic planning and research and development. In 1968, he joined McKinsey & Company and in 1970 he became Group Vice President at General Instrument Corporation (GI). He was later named President of Jerrold Electronics, a GI subsidiary.