Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sumner Redstone's "Friend" With Benefits

Sumner Redstone, the hard-nosed 87 year-old billionaire owner of Viacom and CBS, is in the news today for reportedly forcing Showtime, the pay TV division of CBS, to put a "young, apparently unqualified brunette" girl described as a "friend" on the public company's payroll, with the mandate to "make her happy." You can read more details and see her photo HERE.  

Her name is Rohini Singh. She is described in the article as a "veteran of the Los Angeles party scene." Redstone also gifted her 2,522 shares of Viacom stock valued at over $75,000. The article goes on to say, "Redstone instructed Showtime executives to give Singh free reign to pick the job she wanted... But after a rotation in casting, programming, and other departments within the network, Singh landed in publicity, in part because her best asset is her ability to party and, according to this former insider, 'you don’t need a specialized skill set for PR.'"

Redstone divorced his first wife (of 55 years) in 1999, and completed his divorce from his second wife (39 years his junior) in January 2009. 

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