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Robert Steven "Steve" Hicks (born 1950) is an American businessman, who is mostly closely associated with the radio business, pioneering the concept of local marketing agreement and was the Vice-Chairman of AMFM, Inc., a predecessor of radio station company Clear Channel Communications. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of medial medical products firm HealthTronics as well as the chairman of private investment firm Capstar Partners LLC, of which he is the principal owner. He is also currently serving on the University of Texas System Board of Regents.
The son of a Texas radio station owner John Hicks, Hicks was born in Dallas, Texas, the younger brother of future billionaire Tom Hicks. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Texas in 1968. Hicks attended the University of Texas at Austin. He became a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor's degree in Finance.
Hicks bought his first radio station at age 29. He was the CEO of GulfStar Communications, Inc., from July 1987 to January 1997. Over the next 14 years, he acquired stations in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and South Carolina. He also co-founded and served as CEO of SFX Broadcasting, Inc. from November 1993 to May 1996, including the initial public offering of the stock in 1993.
Later, he founded and served as chief executive officer of Capstar Broadcasting Corporation, which he also took public on the New York Stock Exchange in 1998. In 1999, Capstar Broadcasting merged with Chancellor Media Corp to form AMFM Inc. Hicks served as vice-chairman and chief executive officer of the new media division of AMFM.
In 2000, AMFM was bought by radio station behemoth Clear Channel Communications. In December 2002, Hicks was appointed to the board of directors of XM.
In February 2009, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Hicks to a term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents. He was confirmed by the Texas State Senate on April 1, 2009, took office the following day and his term expires February 1, 2011. He serves on the Facilities Planning and Construction Committee as well as the Student, Faculty, and Staff Campus Life Committee.
Hicks is married to designer Donna Stockton-Hicks. They live in Austin and have three children, two stepchildren, and eight grandchildren. They own a four acre, 13,362-square-foot (1,241.4 m2) mansion in the heart of Pemberton Heights, West Austin's most exclusive neighborhood. It is reportedly the most expensive existing home in Austin, although tax records indicate the purchase price was $7.3 million.
In 1997, Hicks was named the Radio Executive of the Year and was ranked one of the 10 Most Powerful People in Radio by Radio Ink. In 1996, Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year and recognized as Broadcaster of the Year by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.