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. 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.
Hostetter is currently chairman of Pilot House Associates, LLC. He is also a Life Trustee at Amherst College, his alma mater.
In 1982, Hostetter married Barbara Lynn Walsh. They have three children; Caroline, Elizabeth, and Tripp.