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Thomas C. "Tom" Werner (born April 12, 1950 in New York City, New York) is the Chairman of the Boston Red Sox, as well as an American television producer and businessman.

Werner was born in to a wealthy New York area family. He was educated at The Hotchkiss School, one of the nation's elite private schools, and earned an English degree from Harvard University. In 1973, Werner entered television by working for ABC-TV. In 1975, he became the Director of East Coast Prime Time Development. Werner was promoted to senior vice president of the prime time development department in 1979. While at ABC Werner and his partner Marcy Carsey saw Robin Williams in a Comedy Club and launched "Mork & Mindy". Werner also oversaw the development of "Bosom Buddies" which started the career of Tom Hanks, as well as "Soap" which started the career of Billy Crystal and "Taxi" which started the career of Danny DeVito.

Werner co-founded The Carsey-Werner Company with Marcy Carsey in 1980. In this capacity he served as executive producer of such television programs as The Cosby Show, Roseanne, 3rd Rock from the Sun and That 70s Show and other successful hits. Werner made nearly $600 million selling episodes of The Cosby Show for syndication. In 1999, he was honored at the Museum of Television and Radio.

In 1990, Werner entered the world of sports by purchasing the San Diego Padres from Joan Kroc. Werner bought the Padres with 14 other investors and partners. Werner often used the team to help promote his television programs, such as when he invited Rosanne Barr to perform the national anthem. At one point during his tenure, Werner's Padres traded many players in a rumored attempt to lower salary. Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield were the two most popular players dealt, though Sheffield's trade brought legendary closer Trevor Hoffman to the team. While unpopular at the time, the Padres did win the National League Pennant in 1998.

In December, 1994 Werner and his partners sold most of their interest in the Padres to John Moores.

During the administration of President Bill Clinton Werner and Carsey were close friends and frequent advisors to Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

In 2000 Werner and his longtime partners Marcy Carsey and Caryn Mandabach joined Oprah Winfrey to start Oxygen, a 24 cable channel serving the modern woman.

Werner is currently co-owner, along with John Henry, and Chairman of the Boston Red Sox baseball club. He and Henry paid $660 million for the franchise in February 2002, purchasing also Fenway Park and the New England Sports Network from the Yawkey Family Trust, managed by John Harrington. The Red Sox won two World Series since he became co-owner, in 2004 and 2007.

For a time, Werner was romantically involved with television host Katie Couric, then-host of Today, now lead anchor of the CBS Evening News.




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