Amos Hostetter Jr.

Amos B. Hostetter Jr.
Born Amos Barr Hostetter Jr.
(1937-01-12) January 12, 1937
New Jersey, US[1]
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, US
Nationality American
Alma mater Amherst College (B.A., Economics, 1958)
Harvard University (M.B.A., 1961)
Known for MediaOne/Continental Cablevision
Net worth Increase $3.2 billion (June 2015)[2]
Religion Episcopalian[3]
Spouse(s) Barbara Lynn Walsh[3]
Children 3 children[2]
Parent(s) Amos Hostetter Sr.

Amos Barr Hostetter Jr. (born January 12, 1937) is an American businessman, who was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Continental Cablevision. With an estimated current net worth of around $2.6 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 521st richest person in the world as of 2012. He has also served as the chairman of C-SPAN.


Hostetter is the son of the late Amos Hostetter, a prominent trader at Commodities Corporation and Hayden Stone. He attended the Pingry School for his secondary education and graduated in the Class of 1954.[4] After graduating from Amherst College in 1958 with a B.A. in Economics, he obtained a M.B.A from Harvard University in 1961.

In 1963, Hostetter and his college roommate and fraternity brother, H. Irving Grousbeck, founded Continental Cablevision in Fostoria, Ohio and Tiffin, Ohio. At the time of the company's sale in 1996 to US West, it was the largest privately owned cable company.

In 2003, Hostetter purchased the historic Second Harrison Gray Otis House on Mount Vernon Street in Boston for an estimated $12 million.[5]

Hostetter is currently chairman of Pilot House Associates, LLC. He is also a Life Trustee at Amherst College, his alma mater.

Personal life

In 1982, Hostetter married Barbara Lynn Walsh.[3] They have three children; Caroline, Elizabeth, and Tripp.[2]


  2. 1 2 3 Forbes: The World's Billionaires - "Amos Hostetter Jr." May 2015
  3. 1 2 3 New York Times: "Barbara Walsh Becomes a Bride" December 16, 1984
  4. Donahue, Chris. "Pingry dedicates", Courier News (New Jersey), May 10, 2003. Accessed February 11, 2011. "The center is named after the late parents of Amos B. Hostetter Jr., who graduated from Pingry in 1954 and his sister Janet Hostetter Wilson."

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