Ted Turner recently sat down for his first interview in years, which will air this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning.
And in a preview of Turner’s sit-down with Ted Koppel was released by CBS on Friday ahead of the episode this weekend, the billionaire businessman, 79, reveals that he is suffering from Lewy Body Dementia.
‘It’s a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer’s. It’s similar to that, but not nearly as bad. Alzheimer’s is fatal. Thank goodness I don’t have that,’ says Truner in a preview of the interview.
‘But, I also have got, let’s — the one that’s — I can’t remember the name of it,’ he said, pausing before adding: ‘Dementia. I can’t remember what my disease is.’
Robin Williams had been suffering from Lewy Body Dementia at the to of his death back in 2014, with the actor taking his own life.
Turner and his pal Koppel also spent a little time discussing politics, with Turner noting how he had been friends with some of the most despised and polarizing world leaders over the years.
Among the names he mentions are Fidel Castro, Mikhail Gorbachev and even Vladimir Putin.
And yet it is another person whose relationship with Turner proved to be more shocking to millions around the world – Jane Fonda.
The pair were married for 10 years starting in 1991, and remain close friends to this day.
Turner reveals in the interview that Fonda is also the reason he did not seek political office.
‘Well, the closest I came to running for office was when I was married to Jane Fonda. And when I discussed it with her – she was married to one politician,’ explained Turner, referring to Tom Hayden.
‘And she said, you know, “If you run for, for office, you run alone.”‘
Turner, who is the second largest landowner in the country, now spends his days at his 113,000-acre ranch near Bozeman, Montana.
In total, Turner owns approximately 2 million acres of land.
He said in 2012 that he splits his time between four girlfriends as well, though it is unclear if her still keeps up with that practice all these years later.
Turner made his millions with CNN, TBS, TNT and as the owner of the Atlsanta Braves.
He also made enemies along the way, the most notable one being Rupert Murdoch.
Turner twice challenged Murdoch to a fist fight, most recently in 2003 over Fox News’ coverage of President Bush, but the two seem to have made amends these days.
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Source: Daily Mail