Cox Enterprises

Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Industry Mass Media and Entertainment Conglomerate
Founded 1898; 121 years ago (1898) in Dayton, Ohio
Founder James M. Cox
Area served
United States
Key people
James C. Kennedy, Chair
Alexander C. Taylor, President and CEO
Products Telecommunications, Automotive, Mass media
Revenue Increase US$20 billion (2017)
Owner Cox family 99%
(Anne Cox Chambers heirs, James C. Kennedy, Blair Parry-Okeden)[1][2]
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Cox Communications
Cox Media Group
Cox Automotive

Cox Headquarters’ “Central Park” in Sandy Springs, GA includes the company’s buildings and leased spaces.

Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a privately held American conglomerate based near Atlanta in Sandy Springs. Cox is also a communications and automotive services company. The company owns newspapers, television stations, radio stations (all three being owned by Cox Media Group), Cox Communications, Manheim Auctions,, Kelley Blue Book. They previously owned and Valpak before being sold to Platinum Equity[3]. 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 are on the company’s board of directors.[4]


The company was founded in Dayton, Ohio by James M. Cox, who purchased the Dayton Daily News in 1898[citation needed]. 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.[citation needed] The company is also well-known for its ownership of Bing Crosby Productions and Rysher Entertainment the two companies merged in 1993. Cox shut down the company and sold its distribution assets to Viacom and now they are a part of the archives of CBS Television Distribution as well as the back catalog of Paramount Pictures.

James M. Cox Jr. became the company’s chairman after his father died in 1957. The family and company were highlighted in a 2015 Forbes article called “This Billionaire Knows the Secret to Saving a Family Business“.[5]

Cox Jr. died in 1974 and his sisters inherited ownership. Barbara Cox’s second husband Garner Anthony and son by her first husband James Cox Kennedy have served as chairman,
and in 2018 Anne Cox’s grandson Alexander C. Taylor became chief executive officer.

Principal subsidiaries[edit]

Cox Communications[edit]

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

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.[citation needed]

Cox Media Group[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Cox Media Group is also involved in automated and programmatic sales through Videa.[citation needed]

Cox Automotive[edit]

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,, Dealertrack, HomeNet Automotive,[6] NextGear Capital, Xtime, Vinsolutions 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[7] 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]


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