PHOTOS: Ralph Roberts, Comcast Founder, Dies at 95

Ralph Roberts, the founder of Comcast, has died, the company announced June 19, 2015. He was 95. Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC10.

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June 19, 2015: The Comcast Tower lobby pays homage to the company's founder Ralph Roberts who died the night before. Take a look back at the life of a Philadelphia business icon.
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Roberts, who grew up during the depression, became a self-made entrepreneur.
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The story or Roberts couldn't be told without mentioning Suzanne, his wife of more than 70 years.
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Or his son Brian Roberts, right, who worked with Roberts to get the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger approved.
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Roberts back in his school days.
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Roberts, who graduated from Germantown High School and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before serving in World War II began his cable career in 1963 by spending $500,000 to buy American Cable Systems, a company in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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Roberts would go on to build one of the biggest media empires in the world.
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Roberts, left, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, center, and Comcast President Brian Roberts in Redmond, Washington on June 9, 1997. Microsoft invested $1 billion in Comcast.
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Ralph Roberts, right, gestures as his son Brian Roberts, center, and Charles M. Lillis, MediaOne Group Inc. chief executive, in New York Monday March 22, 1999, where Comcast announced it bought rival cable TV operator MediaOne for nearly $49 billion.
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Ralph Roberts, Brian Roberts and Steve Burke pose after a morning conference call in New York.
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AT&T Chairman and CEO Michael Armstrong, left, Ralph Roberts, center, and Brian Roberts pose together following their announcement of AT&T Broadband's merger with Comcast, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, in New York.
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Roberts, founder of Comcast Corporation, right, watches as his son Comcast Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 11, 2010, before a Senate Commerce Committee hearing.
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Outside of his business ventures, Roberts liked to give back including launching Comcast Cares Day.
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Roberts also knew how to kick back and have some fun.
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He even took some time to get to the ranch.
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Family was important to the Roberts.
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Ralph Roberts with family in an undated photo.
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Ralph Roberts left behind his wife, Suzanne, four children and eight grandchildren.
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Ralph Roberts, the founder of the Comcast Company, 1920-2015. Full disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC/CNBC.com and NBC News/NBCNews.com.
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