Roger Eugene Ailes, often known A Roger Ailes, was an American-born television executive. Born on May 15, 1940, Ailes served as a CEO and the Chairman of FOX News and the Fox television stations group.

He also worked as a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush and for Rudy Giulian’s first mayoral campaign in 1989.


Ailes was born as the son of Donna Marie and Robert Eugene Ailes in the factory town of Warren Ohio. His father was a factory maintenance foreman and he grew up in Ohio. There was a cold war in the relationship of his father and mother so they divorced in 1960.

At his young age, Ailes suffered from hemophilia and was admitted to hospital. He completed his school education from Warren city school and was introduced to Warren High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. Ailes attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and graduated with bachelor’s degree.


Moving back to his early career, he began his career in television as property assistant in 1962 in Cleveland and Philadelphia. Later on, he became a producer in 1965 and executive producer from 1967 to 1968 in KYW-TV. He also produced the talk-variety show, The Mike Douglas Show. He was working as an Executive Producer when the show was syndicated nationally and later on nominated in Daytime Emmy Award.

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    “Obama’s the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasn’t public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time.”

As a political consultant, Ailes has helped George H.W. Bush to victory in the Republican primaries and later on victory over Michael Dukakis. During general-election campaign, Ailes scripted and produced the “Revolving Door” ad. The unsuccessful effort for Richard Thornburgh for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania in November 1991 is last political campaign of Ailes. He retired from the job of political consulting in 1992. Even after 9/11 attacks, Ailes helped President George W. Bush to handle the situation and to convince the people to be patient.


Ailes has also gained an identity as an author. In 1998 his book You Are the Message: secrets of the Master Communication, where he discussed the philosophies and strategies to be successful in the public eye. In April 2005, Ailes became chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group after the departure of Lachin Murdoch.

During his tenure at Fox, Ailes hired Dennis Swanson, former CBS executive, to be president of the Fox Television Stations Group. Additionally, he brought some changes in Fox such as graphics, news format, and redesigned studios. His contract was expanded for four years in 2012 and has been serving has the head of Fox News Channel for 20 years.

Ailes was married to Elizabeth Tilson since February 14, 1998, and the couple has one son. The family lives in Garrison, New York in the home constructed across the Hudson River. His estimated the amount of net worth was $25million.


Roger Ailes died at the age of 77 in his house in Palm Beach, Florida. His widowed wife, Elizabeth Ailes released a statement of her husband’s dead to Matt Drudge on 18 May 2017.

According to TMZ,  Ailes fell down and hit his head eight days before his demise. They say that Ailes went into a coma on 17 May 2017, morning and died the same night.