The Money: Gains driven by increasing value of Spanish-language broadcast network Univision Communications, in which Saban a major shareholder. Saban and other investors reportedly mulling public offering. Value of entertainment licensing company Saban Brands also rose as firm made deals to exploit intellectual property including Power Rangers.
Buzz: Recently inked deal with Lions Gate to reboot “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Fortune made when he turned the Japanese TV show into U.S. hit. Sold it to Disney and then bought franchise back at a discount. Big-time Democratic Party backer hosted President Barack Obama at $16,000-a-plate fundraiser at palatial Richard Landry-designed Beverly Hills mansion. Now looking to put full support behind Hillary Clinton bid for White House. Second act is Univision – bought with partners for $13.7 billion and took private in 2007. Reportedly looking into deal to take Univision public again. Born in Egypt and raised in Israel, told Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat during visit to Los Angeles that he would shoot next live-action series in the City of David. Outspoken Israel backer frequent media pundit on Middle East issues.
$3.8 billion s13%
LAST YEAR: $3.36 billion
RESIDENCE: Beverly Hills
SOURCE OF WEALTH: TV production, broadcasting
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