Charlie Ergen is co-founder and current Chairman of Dish Network and EchoStar.
Ergen first began selling satellite dishes out of the back of a truck in Colorado in 1980. He took Dish public in 1996. Today, it boasts over 13 million subscribers. EchoStar, which has some two dozen satellites in space, was spun off from Dish in 2008. Ergen stepped down as CEO of Dish for the second time in 2017 to focus on the company’s new wireless network for the Internet of Things.