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Cox Enterprises

Updated: 2017-06-30T22:44Z
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Founded1898; 119 years ago (1898) in Dayton, Ohio
FounderJames M. Cox
Area served
United States
Key people
James C. Kennedy, Chair
John Dyer, President and CEO
ProductsTelecommunications, Automotive, Mass media
RevenueUS$18 billion
OwnerCox family 99% (Anne Cox Chambers, James C. Kennedy, Blair Parry-Okeden)[1][2]
Number of employees
SubsidiariesCox Communications
Cox Media Group
Cox Automotive
Cox Headquarters' "Central Park" in Atlanta, Georgia includes the company's buildings and leased spaces.

Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held American conglomerate based in Atlanta. Cox is also a leading communications and automotive services company. Cox Enterprises is currently headed by the daughter of founder James M. Cox, Anne Cox Chambers, and the two children of her late sister Barbara Cox. Its chairman is Barbara Cox's son, James C. Kennedy. Fourth generation members of the Cox family serve on the company's board of directors[3] The family and company were highlighted in a 2015 Forbes article called "This Billionaire Knows the Secret to Saving a Family Business".[4]

The company owns newspapers, television stations, radio stations, Cox Communications, Manheim Auctions,, Kelley Blue Book, and Valpak.[5] Cox is bringing Techstars, a startup accelerator, to Atlanta to boost startups and entrepreneurs.

The company gave more than $92 million in community support in 2014 through cash and in-kind contributions.[6]


The company was founded in Dayton, Ohio by James M. Cox, who purchased the Dayton Daily News in 1898. Cox later became the Democratic Party candidate for president of the United States in the presidential election of 1920, running unsuccessfully on a ticket that included Franklin D. Roosevelt as the vice presidential candidate.

Major subsidiaries

Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company. The company also provides home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions.

Cox Communications formed an alliance with the Cleveland Clinic to take Healthcare to the home in February 2015. The company has also been deploying residential gigabit internet service.

Cox Media Group

Cox Media Group operates broadcast television and radio stations, runs metro newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and has more than 100 digital services. Cox Media Group owns and operates and Valpak.

Cox Media Group is also involved in automated and programmatic sales through Videa.

Cox Automotive

Cox Automotive is a provider of vehicle remarketing services and digital marketing and software solutions for automotive dealers and consumers. Cox Automotive includes Manheim, Dealer-Auction Ltd, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, vAuto, HomeNet Automotive,[7] NextGear Capital, Xtime, and a host of global businesses and brands serving auto dealers, manufacturers and financial institutions.

In June 2015, Cox Automotive announced the biggest vendor acquisition in the history of auto retailing by agreeing to pay $4 billion in cash for dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies Inc.[8] The acquisition closed in October 2015.[9]


External links

  • Official website
  • Media related to [[commons:Category:{{#property:P373}}|Cox Enterprises]] at Wikimedia Commons
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