Net Worth: $800 million
Source of Wealth: Aircraft leasing
Residence: Beverly Hills
Louis Gonda made his millions in aircraft leasing, but over the last two years he has moved into other areas, including commercial real estate and movie producing.
Earlier this year, Gonda's investment firm, Lexington Commercial Holdings Inc., sold the two-tower, 615,000-square-foot Figueroa Plaza complex in downtown Los Angeles to Starwood Capital Group for more than $77 million.
Also this year, Gonda was one of three executive producers of the Sony Pictures Classics film "Men With Guns," which was released in March. The movie received critical praise, but only made $902,000 domestically. Still, the $2 million film is expected to more than recoup its cost in foreign ticket sales and on video.
Gonda, who was born in Venezuela to parents who fled Hungary during World War II, made his fortune through International Lease Finance Corp., a Century City-based firm he formed with his father and Steven Ferencz Udvar-Hazy in 1973.
Gonda, Udvar-Hazy and Gonda's father, Leslie Gonda, each pitched in $50,000. International Lease Finance, which was acquired by American International Group Inc. eight years ago, is the largest lessor of commercial jets in the world.
Louis Gonda is no longer a full-time employee of International Lease Finance, but remains a member of its board.
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