Charlie Ergen Quotes

Charles William "Charlie" Ergen (born March 1, 1953) is an American businessman and is the co-founder and current Chairman of the Board, and former President and CEO of Dish Network and EchoStar Communications Corporation. He stepped down as CEO in May 2011 in favor of Joseph Clayton. He remains Chairman of the Board of both companies. Ergen resumed as CEO upon Clayton's March 31, 2015 retirement. Ergen owns 52 percent of Dish and Echostar shares and holds 88 percent of its total voting power.

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Charlie Ergen


“The main reason Disney and the others don't want to sell a la carte is because when you give customers the choice, they buy less channels. Less channels mean you make less money.”

Charlie Ergen


“Together, our companies only have about 17 percent of the pay television market. Just the Comcast-AT&T; [business] alone will have something well north of that, ... Just that company, in the cable industry, has about 78 percent, according to the FCC report in January. So we're a very small fish in a very big pond.”

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I believe it's less risky long-term to embrace change.

Charlie Ergen


People will steal it if you don't make it easy to buy it.

Charlie Ergen


“extremely risky.”

Charlie Ergen