The money and the buzz on each of L.A.’s wealthiest.
THE MONEY: Former Mouse House big cheese reaped rewards of Disney rebound. Company’s second largest shareholder saw stock make big gains. His venture firm Tornante Co. saw principle investment – video-sharing site Veoh – file Chapter 7. But online video production company Vuguru got investment boost from large Canadian media company.
BUZZ: Veoh.com bit the dust after failing to catch on like YouTube. Chapter 7 bankruptcy likely wiped out Eisner’s stake, valued at up to $10 million. Better news for Vuguru. Internet company received undisclosed investment from Rogers Communications. Now trying to launch a dozen or so Internet programs annually. Topps, trading card company bought by Eisner in 2007, swinging for the fences with Attax, new brand of baseball card that has generated more than $200 million in revenue this year. Busy year for sons: Elder son Breck, USC film school grad, directed horror remake “The Crazies.” L+E Pictures, production company of middle child Eric, has three films in the works, including biography of Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. Youngest son Anders working on energy drink startup. Eisner Foundation continues to dole out grants to local after-school and arts programs.
• NET WORTH: $730 million +19%
• LAST YEAR: $615 million
• AGE: 68
• RESIDENCE: Los Angeles
• SOURCE OF WEALTH: Stock options, grants
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