Robert L. Turner

NET WORTH: Unknown 

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Orbis Communications, Multimedia Entertainment

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services 

OVERVIEW: Turner conducts philanthropy through the Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust, which made around $2.4 million in grants in a recent year. He steadily supports the arts. Health, including AIDS research, is another funding priority. 

BACKGROUND: Robert L. Turner was born in Queens and attended St. John's University, graduating with a B.A. in history. In 1984, Turner co-founded syndicator Orbis Communications, which acquired the rights to the Carolco action films and developed game shows including The Joker’s Wild and The $100,000 Pyramid. He was also president of Multimedia Entertainment, a division of media conglomerate Multimedia, Inc., and created The Jerry Springer Show and Baywatch. Turner went on to a career in politics, serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. 


ARTS & CULTURE: Turner, via his foundation, steadily supports Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York Botanical Garden, Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, High Line Council, New York Restoration Project, and The Met, which has lately received seven-figure sums. Support went to National Sawdust in Brooklyn, "a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike."

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Turner has supported amfAR and adopted a child born to HIV-positive parents. Grantees include Doctors Without Borders, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and The Center, "the heart and home of NYC's LGBTQ community, providing programs for health, wellness, and community connection."

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Turner to stick with his interest areas. 


The Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

Robert L. Turner Charitable Trust
31 East 72nd Street, No 8A/8B
New York, NY 10021