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David Sarnoff

Born: Feb 27, 1891

Death: Dec 12, 1971

Birthplace: Uzlyany

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

David Sarnoff

Date of Birth : Feb 27, 1891
Date of Death : Dec 12, 1971
Birth Place : Uzlyany

David Sarnoff was an American businessman and pioneer of American radio and television. Throughout most of his career he led the Radio Corporation of America in various capacities from shortly after its founding in 1919 until his retirement in 1970. He ruled over an ever-growing telecommunications and consumer electronics empire that included both RCA and NBC, and became one of the largest companies in the world. Named a Reserve Brigadier General of the Signal Corps in 1945, Sarnoff thereafter was widely known as "The General". Sarnoff is credited with Sarnoff's law, which states that the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers.


  • Businessperson
  • Entrepreneur

Also known as

  • The General
  • General David Sarnoff


  • Leah Sarnoff
  • Abraham Sarnoff


  • Lizette Hermant


  • Robert W. Sarnoff
  • Thomas W. Sarnoff
  • Edward Sarnoff

Awards Won

  • Richard A. Cook Gold Medal Award
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