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It was the bar mitzvah that John Malone never thought he’d have.
The renowned cable mogul was feted Wednesday night by the UJA-Federation of New York, which bestowed on Malone its Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award as part of its annual Leadership Awards dinner.
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The event raised a record $2.5 million for the Jewish community service and philanthropy org as it brought out a who’s who of the cable and New York business community. Notables who came out to Cipriani 25 Broadway included Comcast’s Brian Roberts, IAC’s Barry Diller, DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, NBCUniversal’s Bonnie Hammer (last year’s recipient of the Ross kudo), AMC Networks’ Josh Sapan, Showtime’s Matt Blank, Merrill Lynch Bank of America’s Jessica Reif-Cohen and a full-court press of Malone lieutenants including Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav and Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Liontree Advisors Aryeh Bourkoff chaired the dinner with MediaLink’s Michael Kassan. A lengthy tribute video that screened during the presentation included testimonials about Malone’s genius and generosity from Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch, along with a handful of youths who attended top private preparatory schools on scholarships provided by the Malone Family Foundation.
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