May 29, 1951, in Harrison, N.Y.EDUCATION
B.A., English literature, University of California at Berkeley, 1974CURRENT POSITION
Rupert Murdoch's second-in-command at News Corp.EARLY YEARS
He was the guy who ran the audio visual equipment at his high school in suburban New York. An antiwar activist, he went door to door handing out literature urging U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. CAREER PATH After stints at Showtime and Lorimar Films, he joined the Fox network in 1989 as its top programmer. Became chairman of the Fox studio in 1992 and News Corp. COO and president in 1996.LUCKY BREAK
Impressed Murdoch when he gave the boss a lift back to L.A. after a company retreat in 1990.WHY MURDOCH LIKES HIM
Chernin is Murdoch's alter ego: Diplomatic, jovial, easygoing, and a big fund-raiser for the Democratic Party.FAMILY
Lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with wife, Megan, two college-age sons, and a teenage daughter.