Dick Clark, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday at age 82, left behind a fortune and is the model of entertainment entrepreneurship. Clark was one of the early pioneers of the idea that a public company can be formed around an entertainer’s personal appeal. At one point, he hosted shows on all three major TV networks: The $20,000 Pyramid on ABC, Live Wednesday on CBS and TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes on NBC. All the while, he was hosting Dick Clark’s Countdown and Rock, Roll & Remember on the radio and running a business.
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