Former Univision chairman Jerry Perenchio dies at age 86, family confirms

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Jerry Perenchio, the Los Angeles billionaire former chairman of Univision Communications, has died at age 86, his family confirmed Wednesday.

A. Jerrold Perenchio bought the Univision network in 1992 for $550 million and built it into a powerful Spanish-language media empire, acquiring multiple radio and television stations as well as record companies.

He sold the company in 2007 for $13.5 billion.

In his earlier years, Perenchio was a music talent agent and executive with MCA. In the 1970s, he promoted sports and live events, getting involved in such historic matchups as the first battle between heavyweights Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, as well as the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in September 1973.

Jerry Perenchio, right, appears with businessman Jack Kent Cooke and Muhammad Ali in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1971 to promote Ali's title fight against Joe Frazier.

AP Photo/George Brich

In his later years, he remained active for many years in Los Angeles civic and philanthropic activities, donating some $500 million worth of art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2014.

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