Thomas Murphy, also known as Tom, was born in 1925 in Brooklyn, NY.
Murphy received a BS from Cornell University in 1945 and went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1949. He also spent several years in the Navy.
Throughout his career, Murphy worked in the broadcasting industry, specifically moving through the ranks of Capital cities, a media conglomerate. He oversaw the merger of Capital Cities with ABC, which was the largest media merger of its time. The company then later merged with the Disney Company. A year later, in 1996, Murphy retired and focused instead on his various other duties.
Thomas Murphy has been in independent director for Berkshire Hathaway since 2003.
Additionally, Murphy serves on a variety of other boards, including operating as the Honorary Vice Chairman and Trustee of New York University, and a trustee of Save the Children Federation. In the past, he has also served on various other boards including the General Housewares Corp, Texaco Inc, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM Corporation boards.
He has been given multiple awards including the 1996 NATPE Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was added to the Television Hall of Fame for his contributions to the broadcasting industry.