Stories for August 2017

Thursday, August 31

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 31: SpaceX Pod Reaches 220 Miles Per Hour in Hyperloop

SpaceX pod reaches 220 miles per hour in Hyperloop, Sims pioneer Rod Humble takes over Jam City’s TinyCo studio and Faraday Future’s name removed from Formula E team.

Historic Angels Flight Railway Reopens

The historic Angels Flight funicular railway connecting downtown’s Bunker Hill with the Hill Street/Broadway corridor reopened Thursday morning after a three-year closure for repairs following a pair of accidents.

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Biocom Announces New Advisory Board to Boost L.A. Biotech

Biocom announced Thursday the formation of an advisory board for its Los Angeles office to help spur one of the nation’s fastest growing biotech markets.

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Newmark Knight Frank Sells Madrona Business Campus in Torrance for $48.75 Million

Manhattan-based Newmark Knight Frank has completed the $48.75 million sale of the Madrona Business Campus, a four-building Class A office and medical property in Torrance, the real estate firm said Wednesday.

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Wednesday, August 30

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 30: Rent Loan Service Domuso Raises $3.1 Million

Rent loan service Domuso raises $3.1 million, Snapchat users spending more time in app and Mitu sells two shows to Facebook.

Jewish Journal Editor, Publisher Rob Eshman to Step Down

Rob Eshman’s 17-year tenure as editor and publisher of Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles is set to end effective Sept. 26. Eshman, who’s been with the paper in various roles for 23-years, said he’s stepping down to devote himself to writing full-time.

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L.A. Businesses Hire 10,500 Veterans, Beating Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Goal

More than 200 L.A.-area companies have hired 10,500 military veterans over the past three years, beating a goal set by Eric Garcetti for 10,000 veteran hires by the end of this year, the L.A. mayor announced Tuesday.

Kor Group Acquires Custom Hotel for $33 Million

Venice-based Kor Group has acquired the 12-story boutique Custom Hotel in Westchester for $33 million, according to CoStar data.

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Contractors Struggling to Find Skilled Labor

Three out of four construction firms working in commercial real estate across the western U.S. reported difficulty recruiting skilled carpenters, bricklayers, painters and other workers, according to a survey released this week.

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Tuesday, August 29

Brian Kabateck Sues Celebrity Lawyer Mark Geragos Over Airplane Ownership

Two prominent L.A. attorneys and business venture partners – plaintiffs’ lawyer and L.A. County Bar Association President-elect Brian Kabateck and celebrity defense attorney Mark Geragos – are locked in a legal battle over a private airplane they jointly own. Kabateck filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking at least $10 million in damages from Geragos for breach of contract over the plane, a Cessna Citation Jet Model 525 the two jointly purchased in 2014.

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LA 500: Methodology

The 2017 edition of LA500: The Most Influential People in Los Angeles, marks our second attempt to narrow a dynamic region of 10 million people into a list of 500.

Leaving Old World Behind

Alex Kazerani, who coped with the Iran-Iraq War as a boy in the 1980s, would later find success in L.A.'s tech scene, launching and selling three companies

The first time he heard a bomb drop, Alex Kazerani was 10 years old. The second one he heard shook the windows of his house. At the time, he couldn’t have imagined his life more than three decades later as a successful tech entrepreneur in Los Angeles. Kazerani, 44, would go on to co-found and sell three L.A. technology companies, most recently selling his EdgeCast Networks to Verizon Communications Inc. in 2013 for $400 million. At the time of its acquisition, the content delivery platform had 300 employees and $90 million in annual revenue.

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Beachbody Agrees to Pay $3.6 Million to Settle Case Over Automatic Credit Card Renewals

Santa Monica weight loss and supplement company Beachbody has agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle a lawsuit from the city of Santa Monica over automatic credit card renewals, city officials announced Tuesday.

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Taking Risks in New Home

Immigrant entrepreneurs bet on their own businesses

Although they come from all over the world and have different backgrounds, immigrant entrepreneurs tend to share certain traits. One is a willingness to take risks, said Kate Brick, director of state and local initiatives at New American Economy, a nonpartisan immigration reform advocacy group in New York.

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Immigrants Brought Roots of Success

At a time when immigration is at the forefront of the political debate in Washington, the jobs, tax revenue, cultural influence, and philanthropic contributions of foreign-born residents in the nation’s largest metropolitan area are difficult to ignore

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 29: Pay Gap Widens Between Women and Men in Los Angeles Tech Industry

Pay gap widens between women and men in Los Angeles tech industry, Tastemade expands its live events with Smorgasburg partnership and drone companies to be honored at Emmy awards.

Westin Long Beach Hotel Sold for $84.8 Million

The Westin Long Beach hotel sold for about $84.8 million this month, a loss of almost $4 million from the last time it changed hands in 2006, according to real estate data firm Real Capital Analytics Inc.

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Pay Gap Widens Between Women and Men in L.A. Tech Industry

The pay gap between women and men in tech jobs in Los Angeles grew to 18 cents from 3 cents on the dollar on average from 2011 to 2015 compared with the previous five years, according to an estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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Leonard Green Agrees to Buy CPA Global for $3.1 Billion

L.A. private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners has agreed to buy software and data analytics provider CPA Global from London private equity firm Cinven for a reported 2.4 billion pounds ($3.1 billion), Cinven announced Tuesday.

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Glassdoor Reports L.A. Wages Grew 2.1 Percent Over Past Year

Wages in Los Angeles County grew 2.1 percent over the past year to reach a median pay level of almost $60,000, according to a report released Tuesday by job website Glassdoor.

Monday, August 28

Wealthiest Angelenos: 58. ROBERT KOTICK

Santa Monica’s Activision Blizzard Inc. saw record-setting revenue of $6.6 billion last year from an impressive video-game library that includes the “Call of Duty” franchise, “World of Warcraft,” “Overwatch,” and “Diablo.”

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 57. SHANE SMITH

Smith has led the transformation of 23-year-old Vice Media Inc. into a global media powerhouse from its humble roots as a small punk magazine in Montreal.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 56. BASSAM ALGHANIM

Upon the death of their father, Yusuf Ahmed Alghanim, Bassam and his brother, Kutayba, each inherited half of Alghanim Industries.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 55. THOMAS BARRACK

Barrack’s private equity firm Colony Capital Inc. merged with two other companies last year to form a massive REIT called Colony Northstar Inc.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 54. CHRISTOPHER SACCA

Sacca ended his love-hate relationship with Twitter last year by dumping the stock after an unsuccessful public campaign to help the company find a buyer.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 53. DONALD FRIESE

The longtime owner of glass products maker CR Laurence sold the company in August 2015 for $1.3 billion; after taxes, Friese’s take was about $885 million.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 52. JEFFREY GUNDLACH

Gundlach is founder of DoubleLine Capital, which saw its assets under management break the $100 billion mark last year.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 51. RICHARD KAYNE

Kayne is majority owner of Century City investment firm Kayne Anderson Capital Advisers, which he founded in 1984 and has $26 billion in assets under management.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 50. BEYONCÉ KNOWLES & SHAWN “JAY Z” CARTER

Beyoncé’s self-produced album “Lemonade” was the No. 3 selling album of last year.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 49. SARAH MacMILLAN

MacMillan is a great-great-granddaughter of W.W. Cargill, who started the Cargill Inc. empire, one of the largest grain commodity traders in the world, by opening a small grain storage business in Conover, Iowa, in 1865.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 28: SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Winner Goes 201 MPH

SpaceX Hyperloop competition winner goes 201 miles per hour, crowdfunding platform FlashFunders Inc. acquired and Hulu Live TV service adds the CW.

Wealthiest Angelenos: 48. VERA GUERIN

Guerin’s wealth comes from her late father, Nathan Shapell, who left her a 43 percent stake in Shapell Industries, a homebuilding company he co-founded in 1955 with his brother David and brother-in-law Max Webb.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 47. GARY WINNICK

Winnick earned the bulk of his wealth as founder of Global Crossing.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 46. JEFFREY KATZENBERG

Katzenberg received a windfall last year when his DreamWorks Animation sold to media giant Comcast for $3.8 billion, adding $400 million to his wealth.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 45. John Shea

The chairman of J.F. Shea Co. saw solid growth in the company’s homebuilding business, and its apartment holdings grew by 600 units, offsetting a slight decrease in its office, industrial, and retail portfolio to 5 million square feet in California, Colorado, and Washington state.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 44. THOMAS TULL

The Legendary Entertainment founder sold his company to China’s Dalian Wanda Group in January of 2016 in a cash deal valued at $3.5 billion, ushering him into the billionaires club.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 43. AUBREY CHERNICK

Chernick owns El Segundo cybersecurity firm NC4 Inc. While NC4 doesn’t disclose financials, results for similar companies were on the rise last year.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 42. RAY IRANI

Irani’s net worth rose slightly as personal investments in real estate and venture capital offset an 18 percent drop in Occidental Petroleum’s share price.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 41. MARC NATHANSON

Nathanson’s family company, Mapleton Investments, has invested in stocks, bonds, art, hedge funds, and a $400 million-plus real estate portfolio, including two new properties this year, in Glendale and Portland, Ore.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 40. CHARLES MUNGER

A business partner of Warren Buffett since the two met at a dinner party in 1959, Munger helped Buffett steer Berkshire Hathaway toward See’s Candies and other big companies.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 39. GARY MICHELSON

Michelson became a billionaire in 2005 after reaching a $1.35 billion settlement with medical manufacturing giant Medtronic, which involved an extended court fight over the surgeon’s patents.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 38. BRUCE KARSH

The Oaktree Capital Group co-founder and co-chairman’s wealth remained relatively flat as his shares in the firm fell slightly.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 37. NEIL KADISHA

The bulk of Kadisha’s wealth is tied up in San Diego telecom giant Qualcomm Inc., which dropped about 13 percent this year to hit $57 a share.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 36. NICOLAS BERGGRUEN

Berggruen, an investor and philanthropist, manages his family fortune through Berggruen Holdings Inc.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 35. LOWELL MILKEN

The chairman of Heron International, Milken bought a controlling interest in the London real estate development and investment firm in the early 1990s.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 34. GEORGE JOSEPH

The founder of property and casualty insurer Mercury General Corp. saw his net worth rise significantly as the company’s shares rose 17 percent since May of last year.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 33. ANTONY RESSLER

Co-founder of Century City private equity and debt behemoth Ares Management, Ressler owns about one-third of the firm and is invested in several of the company’s funds, all of which are up over the last year.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 32. MICHAEL EISNER

The bulk of Eisner’s worth comes from his ownership stake in Walt Disney Co., where he served as chairman and chief executive from 1984 to 2005.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 31. GEOFFREY PALMER

The Beverly Hills-based developer has built more than 10,000 multifamily units in Los Angeles County, including more than 3,000 downtown.

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L.A. County Streamlines Business Loan Programs

The Los Angeles County Community Development Commission on Monday announced the streamlining of the county’s small and medium business loan programs.

Wealthiest Angelenos: 30. MICHAEL MILKEN

The former Wall Street financier’s net worth benefitted from the burgeoning biotech sector.

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Taste of Nature Announces Licensing Deal with Mrs. Fields Cookies

Santa Monica-based Taste of Nature Inc. announced a new licensing partnership with Famous Brands International, the parent company of Mrs. Fields cookies.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 29. CHET PIPKIN

The valuation of consumer electronics giant Belkin, founded and led by Pipkin, surged along with public rivals Netgear and Logitech.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 28. DON HANKEY

Hankey has opened his books to the Business Journal since his 2013 debut on the Wealthiest list.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 27. ALEC GORES

Gores’ net worth increased thanks to positive private equity growth last year, and his part in a $2.3 billion deal to purchase and take public Hostess Brands Inc.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 26. JEFFREY SKOLL

Skoll personally invested more than $200 million into Participant Media’s Pivot TV cable network, which was shut down last year.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 25. DO WON “DON” & JIN SOOK CHANG

After immigrating to the United States in 1981, the husband and wife team opened their predecessor to Forever 21 on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles in 1984.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 24. DAVID MURDOCK

The primary sources of Murdock’s wealth are his ownership of produce distributor and marketer Dole Foods Co. and its former parent company, Castle & Cooke Inc. estate, primarily in California, North Carolina, Hawaii, and Arizona.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 22. ERIC SMIDT

A new $2.2 billion debt facility retired an existing $1 billion note, boosting both the valuation of Smidt’s privately held Harbor Freight Tools USA Inc. and likely offering up an opportunity for another large dividend payout.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 22. TOM GORES

Gores founded his Beverly Hills private equity firm, Platinum Equity, which now has more than $11 billion in assets, in 1995.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 21. ANTHONY PRITZKER

One of 11 Hyatt hotel heirs, Pritzker oversees the family-funded Pritzker Group’s private equity and venture capital investments with brother Jay “J.B.” Pritzker.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 20. MARION ANDERSON

Business magnate John Anderson Sr., who built his fortune distributing Budweiser and buying real estate, died in 2011, leaving his fortune to his wife, Marion, and family.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 19. DONALD & ROCHELLE STERLING

The Sterlings, who hold their assets jointly, have kept nearly all of the real estate they acquired since the 1960s, an expansive portfolio of more than 160 apartment buildings in Los Angeles.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 17. EVAN SPIEGEL

Spiegel’s wealth surged with Snap Inc.’s March IPO, which valued the company at $28.3 billion at the close of the market on its first day of trading.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 17. BOBBY MURPHY

Murphy’s wealth surged with Snap Inc.’s explosive initial public offering in March, which valued the company at $28.3 billion at the close of the market on its first day of trading.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 16. STEVEN SPIELBERG

The celebrated director of “Jaws,” “E.T.,” and “Raiders of the Los Ark” maintains a stake in Amblin Partners, which develops and produces films under three labels: Amblin, DreamWorks, and fellow billionaire Jeffrey Skoll’s Participant.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 15. A. JERROLD PERENCHIO

The influential Republican political donor heads Jerry Perenchio Living Trust as well as Chartwell Partners, an investment firm specializing in media, entertainment, and real estate.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 14. HAIM SABAN

Importer – and now owner – of the Power Rangers entertainment franchise, Saban is co-owner and chairman of Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications.

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Gilead Buys Santa Monica’s Kite Pharma in $12 Billion Cancer-Drug Deal

Santa Monica biotech firm Kite Pharma Inc., which develops drugs to fight cancer, is being swallowed up by Gilead Sciences for nearly $12 billion, company officials announced Monday.

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Cedars-Sinai Launches Master’s Program for Health Care Data Collection

Cedars-Sinai opened the doors Monday for its first accredited master’s degree program in health delivery science.

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Conventions

Upcoming Conventions

Is the Gig Up in Los Angeles?

David M. Smith proposes ways the gig economy can continue to work in Los Angeles.

‘Healy Feely’? Really!

There’s nothing but good vibes to be found in L.A.’s emergence as a “healy-feely” hub for crystal sales.

Calendar

Calendar of Events

Friday, August 25

Westfield Century City to Offer Services to Entertainment Industry

Westfield Century City mall has plans to offer a different type of makeover services catering to the entertainment industry.

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Port of Long Beach Sets Emissions Reduction Record

The Port of Long Beach reduced its air pollution levels in 2016 by a record amount as it moves toward a goal of zero emissions, according to a study released this week.

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Movers for Week Ending August 25, 2017

Los Angeles-based Spark Networks Inc. was this week’s biggest mover. The niche-focused online site operator gained 42 percent to end at $1.35. Guess was also among this week’s biggest movers. The Los Angeles-based clothing brand and retailer rose 22.34 percent to end at $15.66. Temple City-based Fulgent Genetics was this week’s biggest loser, dropping 11.22 percent to end at $5.22.

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 25: Snapchat Builds Relationship with Social Media Stars After Years of Ignoring Them

Snapchat builds relationship with social media stars after years of ignoring them, rocket industry worries government might dump ICBM engines on the market and Panda Pop passes 100 million users as Jam City eyes IPO.

Omninet Founder Izak Parviz Nazarian Dies at 88

Izak Parviz Nazarian, co-founder of venture capital and real estate fund Omninet Capital of Beverly Hills and a former board member of Qualcomm, has died.

Big Employers Grow Ranks

EMPLOYMENT: Private, public firms flex hire power.

Public- and private-sector businesses worked their way to higher staffing levels.

Insurance Startup Adds Capital, Jobs

Joany co-founders boost staff levels from 12 to 50 on back of $13 million Series A round.

Insurance firm Joany receives a healthy boost with a $13 million Series A round.

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Puma Back Up on FDA OK

BIOTECH: Cancer drug firm achieves new shelf life.

Puma stock climbs as the company’s long-in-development cancer drug finally hits store shelves.

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D.C. Politics Paying Off for Benefits Consultants

ADVISORY: 2017 job levels dip but Obamacare battle stoking demand for services.

Benefits consultant jobs dipped in 2016 but demand is spiking for government policy guidance.

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Deals & Dealmakers: ‘Blank Check’ Buys In

Double Eagle Acquisition merger turns partner firm Williams Scotsman public.

The eagle has landed.

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Bright Spot In Australia?

SolarReserve looks to $512M project to heat up business.

SolarReserve hopes a $512 million project in Australia will heat up demand for its power plants.

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Aging Population Spurs New Investment Course

Baby boomers’ growing use of services boosts prognosis for medical office properties.

Institutional real estate investors have developed a fever for medical office acquisitions, a condition brought on by an aging population and an attendant increase in demand for health services at medical-related offices.

Production Company Rolls on $20M Site

Production firm Buck Design stages $20 million deal for a Lincoln Heights building complex.

LB Airport Opens Acres for Projects

Long Beach Airport sets aside 31 acres to land aeronautical ventures.

Restaurant Data Firm Draws $11M

Restaurant data firm Bridg adds to its plate with an $11 million Series B round.

$30M Charges Up Battery Pack Maker

$30 million seed round juices up battery maker Romeo Power.

PAGE 3: Glaser, Roski, Einstein & Freud

Patty Glaser can lend insights on just about any subject of conversation, and she’s certainly no stranger to big names – the star litigator of Glaser Weil represented Bill Gross against Pimco, for cryin’ out loud, and that’s just one recent highlight from her much decorated resume.

Alzheimer’s Test Sports New Look

Cedars-Sinai partnership touts scanning eyeballs as low-cost method to diagnose disease.

Cedars-Sinai partnership pursues a low-coast testing alternative for Alzheimer’s disease.

Will New Chief Deliver for Times?

Paper’s parent subscribes to digital future as internet vet Ross Levinsohn takes charge.

L.A. Times parent shakes up the brass and turns to digital vet Ross Levinsohn to make news at the paper.

Toymaker Puts China in Play

MANUFACTURING: Kids at center of Mattel push.

Mattel looks to deal for Chinese educational centers as a means to boost child’s play.

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Crystal Clearance

Mystic Journey gallery among businesses boosted by ‘healy-feely’ industry.

Crystal dealers have seen prices rise as more Americans take a shine to New Age practices.

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Brokerage Unions Unlikely to Faze L.A. Market

Larger entities scooping up smaller operators a natural part of cycle, analysts say.

The mergers of two local brokerages with national real estate companies announced this month will bring little to no change to the industry, analysts said.

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Grocery Delivery Service Adds More to Basket

Instacart expands coverage in Los Angeles amid push to draw shoppers online.

The fight for grocery delivery dominance is heating up as Instacart moves to bolster its L.A.-area presence.

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L.A. Port Rides Digital Wave

SHIPPING: Program aims to consolidate cargo data online.

Port of Los Angeles moves to extend and expand a program to centralize cargo data online.

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Thursday, August 24

Wealthiest Angelenos: 13. RICK CARUSO

Developer of the Grove and Americana at Brand retail centers saw robust growth of ultra-Class A retail portfolio.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 12. WILLIAM BARRON HILTON

The son of late Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, William Barron Hilton ran his father’s company and profited from its $26 billion sale to private equity firm Blackstone in 2007. He keeps much of his money in blue-chip stocks.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 11. EDWARD ROSKI JR.

The chairman and chief executive of Majestic Realty saw his net worth rise due to the value of his industrial real estate holdings. Roski is a minority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, and the Staples Center.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 10. STEWART & LYNDA RESNICK

The bulk of the couple’s fortune comes from the prime pistachio, almond, and citrus farmland they own, primarily in California, through agribusiness conglomerate Wonderful Co.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 9. TAMARA HUGHES GUSTAVSON

Gustavson, with 11 percent of shares, is the largest individual shareholder in Glendale self-storage giant Public Storage Co.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 8. STEVEN UDVAR-HAZY

Shares of Air Lease Corp. were up 25 percent over the last year. Udvar-Hazy is the company’s third-largest shareholder, holding a nearly 7 percent stake.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 7. SUMNER REDSTONE

The ailing media mogul maintains controlling stakes in Viacom and CBS Corp. through National Amusements, though he stepped down from executive chairmanship of both companies.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 6. DAVID GEFFEN

Geffen became a billionaire in 1990 with the sale of Geffen Records to MCA for stock valued at $550 million, with an additional windfall of $700 million when MCA was bought for cash by Matsushita.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 5. ELI BROAD

Broad amassed his wealth by building homes as co-founder of KB Home and by selling insurance as owner of SunAmerica, which was later acquired by AIG.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 4. JOHN TU

The wealth of Kingston Technology Corp. co-founders Tu and David Sun followed the growth of Kingston’s revenue last year, which inched up 1.54 percent to $6.6 billion from $6.5 billion.

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 3. SEAN PARKER

The majority of Parker’s wealth comes from Facebook Inc. He reportedly owns close to 66 million shares

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 2. ELON MUSK

Tesla shares climbed, plunged, and then climbed again, as the electric carmaker fought Wall Street skepticism of its plan to merge with solar panel maker Solar City

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Wealthiest Angelenos: 1. PATRICK SOON-SHIONG

The billionaire physician gave the Business Journal unprecedented insight into his holdings, including the more than $8 billion valuation of his NantWorks health care empire in Culver City, a figure reached based on outside investments from Blackstone Group, Celgene Corp., Amgen Inc., and the Kuwait Investment Authority, among others.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 24: Battery Pack Manufacturer Romeo Power Raises $30 Million

Battery pack manufacturer Romeo Power raises $30 million, Blend raises $100 million and SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket carrying Earth-observing satellite.

Universe Holdings Buys Nob Hill Towers for $12.6 Million

Century City-based Universe Holdings, a privately held multifamily investment firm, has completed a $12.6 million acquisition of the Nob Hill Towers apartment community located in the Westlake district of Los Angeles.

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Battery Pack Manufacturer Romeo Power Raises $30 Million

Vernon-based electric vehicle battery pack maker Romeo Power has closed a $30 million seed financing round, the company said Thursday.

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Wednesday, August 23

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 23: SpaceX Reveals Space Suit

SpaceX reveals space suit, Snapchat to again produce original scripted shows and Jukin Media to expand studio for original content production.

Restaurant Data Software Firm Bridg Raises $11 Million

West L.A. restaurant data software startup Bridg said Wednesday it raised $11 million in a Series B funding round.

Lincoln Heights Filming Location Sells for $20 Million

Downtown-based production company Buck Design has purchased Columbia Mills, a nine-building complex in Lincoln Heights, for $20 million, according to a brokerage involved in the deal.

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Disney Gives $100,000 to Center Theatre Group for Musicals in Schools

Walt Disney Co. has awarded Los Angeles Music Center resident company Center Theatre Group a $100,000 grant to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools program to the Los Angeles area.

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LA 500: Michael Sitrick

Facilitators

Michael Sitrick is founder, chairman, and chief executive of Sitrick & Co., an internationally recognized expert in the strategic use of communications.

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Tuesday, August 22

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 22: Facebook Predicted to Lose Teens to Snapchat and Instagram

Facebook predicted to lose teens to Snapchat and Instagram, Uber and Lyft drivers protest their pay at LAX, and FreedomPop launches $49 per year mobile phone plan.

LA 500: Neil Kadisha

Money Players

Neil Kadisha serves on the Omninet investment committee, where his primary responsibility is to provide leadership and strategic planning to Omninet investments.

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Long Beach Airport Opens 30 Acres for Development

More than 30 acres of land have been made available for aeronautical use at Long Beach Airport, city officials announced Tuesday.

Clearlake Capital Sells Futuris Global Holdings in $360 Million Deal

Santa Monica’s Clearlake Capital Group has agreed to sell Oak Park, Mich.-based automotive seat and interiors maker Futuris Global Holdings to Adient for $342 million in cash and $18 million in debt, the company announced.

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Broad Museum to Unveil Public Artwork for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Downtown’s Broad museum will be among the first to introduce a major presentation as part of this year’s Pacific Standard Time art exhibition, the museum announced Tuesday.

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Cedars-Sinai Develops Experimental Technology to Detect Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in conjunction with Sacramento-based NeuroVision Imaging, announced Tuesday they have discovered a way to detect and identify Alzheimer's disease by optically scanning eyeballs.

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Monday, August 21

Platinum Equity Acquires British Aerospace Parts Distributor

Platinum Equity announced Monday plans to acquire United Kingdom-based aerospace and defense parts distributor Pattonair from Exponent Private Equity.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 21: Steve Bannon Returns to Brentwood’s Breitbart News

Steve Bannon returns to Brentwood’s Breitbart News, CNN launches daily Snapchat news show and SpaceX to unveil spacesuits next week.

Top Editors Ousted, New Leadership Named at Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times parent tronc Inc. ousted executive editor-in-chief and publisher Davan Maharaj, as well as several other top editors, on Monday.

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Steve Bannon Returns to Brentwood’s Breitbart News

Steve Bannon has reportedly returned to Brentwood-based Breitbart News Network, the far-right news and commentary website founded by in 2007 by conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart.

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Port of L.A. Expanding Cargo Data Pilot Program to All Terminals

The Port of Los Angeles and GE Transportation have agreed to extend a digital data pilot program across all of the port’s terminals designed to improve cargo movement by streamlining information access.

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Friday, August 18

LA 500: Gillian Zucker

Sports & Arts

Gillian Zucker was named president of business operations for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014. A sports industry veteran, Zucker spent nine years as president of the Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast. Zucker led all aspects of the Speedway’s business, including operations, ticketing, finance, communications, and marketing. In addition, she served on the International Speedway Corp. executive management team and oversaw Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways. She has served on the boards of the California Chamber, California Travel and Tourism Commission, Los Angeles Convention Center Commission, Los Angeles Sports Council, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, Young Presidents Organization, and Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Foundation.

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LA 500: Jerry West

Sports & Arts

Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West agreed to become a consultant to the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2017, departing his post as an executive board member of the Golden State Warriors, a position he’d held since 2011.

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LA 500: Casey Wasserman

Sports & Arts

Casey Wasserman is chairman and chief executive of Wasserman, a sports, entertainment, and lifestyle marketing and management agency representing brands, properties, and talent. 

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LA 500: Philippe Vergne

Sports & Arts

Philippe Vergne has served as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles since 2014.

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LA 500: Ted Tanner

Sports & Arts

Ted Tanner joined AEG in 1998 and oversees its real estate development activities in Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Asia, and Brazil.

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LA 500: Christine Simmons

Sports & Arts

Christine Simmons directs and coordinates all aspects of the WNBA Sparks’ business operations, including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, game operations, public relations, community relations, and finance.

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LA 500: Kathryn Schloessman

Sports & Arts

Founded in 1995, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission partners with the city of Los Angeles to bring major sporting and entertainment events such as the NBA All-Star Weekend, Grammy Awards, and College Football Playoffs to the city.

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LA 500: Stephen D. Rountree

Sports & Arts

Stephen D. Rountree became managing director of Center Theatre Group in January 2015.

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LA 500: Luc Robitaille

Sports & Arts

Luc Robitaille, president of the Los Angeles Kings, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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LA 500: Michael Ritchie

Sports & Arts

Michael Ritchie is artistic director of Center Theatre Group, one of the largest and most active theater companies in the nation, presenting award-winning theater at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Ritchie took over the nonprofit theater in 2004 from founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson.

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LA 500: Chris Paul

Sports & Arts

Chris Paul joined the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011 after starting his career with the New Orleans Hornets in 2005.

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LA 500: Steve Needleman

Sports & Arts

Steve Needleman’s father, Jack Needleman, bought the Orpheum Theatre more than 50 years ago.

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LA 500: Rachel S. Moore

Sports & Arts

Rachel S. Moore is president and chief executive of the Music Center.

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LA 500: Tim Leiweke

Sports & Arts

A former chief executive of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Tim Leiweke launched Oak View Group in 2015 as an investment and development company designed to boost revenue at arenas and stadiums with new content and sponsorships, while improving operational efficiency.

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LA 500: Stan Kroenke

Sports & Arts

Stan Kroenke became principal owner of the St. Louis Rams in 2010, and then led the effort to return the team to Los Angeles after a 21-year absence.

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LA 500: Clayton Kershaw

Sports & Arts

Left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw was the 2014 National League Most Valuable Player, and is a three-time Cy Young Award winner and five-time All-Star.

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LA 500: Stan Kasten

Sports & Arts

Stan Kasten has been a highly respected sports figure for more than three decades.

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LA 500: Mia Hamm-Garciaparra

Sports & Arts

Mia Hamm Garciaparra is an entrepreneur and one of the most celebrated women soccer players of all time.

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LA 500: Michael Govan

Sports & Arts

Michael Govan became chief executive of LACMA in April 2006.

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LA 500: Jared Goff

Sports & Arts

After becoming the No. 1 overall selection in the Nation Football League draft when the Los Angeles Rams made him the first pick in April 2016, Goff has become the face of the Rams as they made their return to Southern California.

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LA 500: Andrew Friedman

Sports & Arts

The former general manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, Andrew Friedman was hired to run the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.

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LA 500: Darryl Dunn

Sports & Arts

Darryl Dunn has served as chief executive officer and general manager of the Rose Bowl Operating Co. since 1999.

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LA 500: Kevin Demoff

Sports & Arts

Kevin Demoff is in his ninth year as chief operating officer and executive vice president of football operations with the Rams, serving as a liaison to ownership on all operational matters.

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LA 500: Oscar De La Hoya

Sports & Arts

Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is known as “The Golden Boy,” winning a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics at the age of 19, then going on to win 10 world titles in six different weight classes.

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LA 500: Jeanie Buss

Sports & Arts

Jeanie Buss, whose late father, Jerry, was longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, is controlling owner and president of the team.

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LA 500: Kobe Bryant

Sports & Arts

Shortly after retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016, Kobe Bryant announced that he had launched Bryant Stibel Market Opportunities, a $100 million Malibu venture capital fund with Jeff Stibel, the former chief executive of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

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LA 500: Dan Beckerman

Sports & Arts

Dan Beckerman is known to be one of the nation’s most prominent executives in the sports industry.

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LA 500: Steve Ballmer

Sports & Arts

Steve Ballmer might have made his name and money as chief executive of Microsoft Corp. for 14 years, but in Southern California, he is making his mark after buying the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion in 2014 from the Sterling family.

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LA 500: Leonard Armato

Sports & Arts

Leonard Armato is founder and chief executive of Management Plus Enterprises, where he created the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball with partner NBC Sports.

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LA 500: Harry Abrams

Sports & Arts

Harry Abrams established Abrams Artists Agency in 1977.

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LA 500: Jeffrey Worthe

Real Estate

Jeffrey Worthe is president of Worthe Real Estate Group, which was formed, along with Krismar Construction and M. David Paul Associates, in 1967 by M. David Paul.

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LA 500: Richard Weintraub

Real Estate

Richard Weintraub is a community-oriented developer whose vision and creativity is matched by sensitivity to the needs of each neighborhood in which he develops.

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LA 500: Mark Weinstein

Real Estate

Mark Weinstein is president and founder of MJW Investments.

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LA 500: Nadine Watt

Real Estate

Nadine Watt is president of Watt Cos., where she oversees all commercial investment activities including acquisitions, development, and asset management for the company’s 6 million-square-foot portfolio of multifamily, industrial, office, and retail properties.

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LA 500: Jianlin Wang

Real Estate

Jianlin Wang has served as the chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group since 1989.

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LA 500: Mauricio Umansky

Real Estate

Mauricio Umansky is the founder of the Agency, a luxury real estate brokerage representing clients and properties worldwide.

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LA 500: Ronald N. Tutor

Real Estate

Ronald N. Tutor has served as chairman of Tutor Perini Corp. since July 1999 and as chief executive since March 2000.

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LA 500: James N. Travers

Real Estate

James Travers was the founder and chairman of Travers Realty Corp., which merged with Cresa Partners in 2014 to form Travers Cresa, the largest tenant representation firm in the United States.

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LA 500: Jim Thomas

Real Estate

Jim Thomas is one of the real estate industry’s most-respected executives.

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LA 500: Mark Sullivan

Real Estate

Mark Sullivan is regional manager of Savills Studley’s Southern California operations.

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LA 500: Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling

Real Estate

Shelly Sterling is the wife of Donald Sterling, and has an interest in the Donald T. Sterling Corp.’s real estate portfolio.

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LA 500: Donald Sterling

Real Estate

A Chicago native, Donald Sterling worked first as a lawyer before he began buying Southern California real estate. He grew his portfolio to include more than 160 apartment buildings in Los Angeles.

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LA 500: Jerome H. Snyder

Real Estate

Jerome H. Snyder is the founder and a senior partner of J.H. Snyder Co., one of the largest privately held real estate development firms in Los Angeles and one of the top 100 development firms in the United States.

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LA 500: Sandy Sigal

Real Estate

Sandy Sigal founded NewMark Merrill Cos., a privately held developer and owner of shopping centers in Southern California, Colorado, and Illinois, in 1997.

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LA 500: Avi Shemesh

Real Estate

Avi Shemesh has been an active real estate investor for more than 25 years, co-founding CIM Group in 1994.

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LA 500: Nelson C. Rising

Real Estate

Nelson C. Rising, chairman and chief executive of Rising Realty Partners, is a 40-year veteran of the real estate industry.

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LA 500: Christopher Rising

Real Estate

Christopher Rising manages the day-to-day business activities of Rising Realty Partners, while also serving on its investment committee.

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LA 500: Joyce Rey

Real Estate

Joyce Rey has spent more than four decades in residential real estate, amassing nearly $3 billion in career sales.

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LA 500: Richard Ressler

Real Estate

Richard Ressler is the founder and president of Orchard Capital Corp., a firm that provides consulting and advisory services to companies in which Orchard or its affiliates invest.

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LA 500: Wayne Ratkovich

Real Estate

Wayne Ratkovich is founder, president, and chief executive of the Ratkovich Co.

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LA 500: Kurt Rappaport

Real Estate

Kurt Rappaport is co-founder with Stephen Shapiro of Beverly Hills-based Westside Estate Agency.

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LA 500: Gerald Porter

Real Estate

Gerald Porter is one of the founding principals of Cresa.

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LA 500: Tami Halton Pardee

Real Estate

Tami Halton Pardee has been owner and principal broker of Halton Pardee + Partners since 2005 and is responsible for selling more than $2 billion worth of residential and commercial properties.

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LA 500: Geoffrey Harrison Palmer

Real Estate

A third-generation California builder and attorney, Geoffrey Harrison Palmer established G.H. Palmer Associates, a diversified real estate company, in 1978.

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LA 500: Michael Palladino

Real Estate

As a principal designer of Richard Meier & Partners since 1979, Michael Palladino has created award-winning projects throughout the world.

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LA 500: Herb Nadel

Real Estate

Herb Nadel is chief executive of Nadel Inc., which he founded in 1973.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 18: NBC's Daily Snapchat Show Reaches 29 Million Views in First Month

NBC's daily Snapchat show reaches 29 million views in first month, Fisker Emotion to debut at CES 2018, and Q&A with Sophia Amoruso about new startup GirlBoss Media.

Movers for Week Ending August 18, 2017

Venice-based Snap Inc. was this week’s biggest mover. The technology and social media company gained 18.43 percent to end at $14.01. Pasadena-based Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals was also among this week’s biggest movers. The biopharmaceutical company rose 15.22 percent to end at $2.12. Media company Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. was this week’s biggest loser, dropping 15.49 percent to end at $2.51.

LA 500: Jeffrey T. Mezger

Real Estate

Jeffrey T. Mezger is chairman, president, and chief executive of KB Home, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders.

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LA 500: Alex Meruelo

Real Estate

Alex Meruelo is chairman and chief executive of Meruelo Group.

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LA 500: Thom Mayne

Real Estate

Thom Mayne, the 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate, is a founder and design principal of Morphosis, an interdisciplinary and collectively organized architecture firm that was launched in 1972.

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LA 500: Christopher Martin

Real Estate

Christopher C. Martin is the third-generation leader of AC Martin, one of California’s most venerable planning and architecture firms.

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LA 500: Michael Maltzan

Real Estate

Michael Maltzan founded Michael Maltzan Architecture Inc. in 1995.

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LA 500: Robert F. Maguire III

Real Estate

Robert F. Maguire III helped shape the L.A. skyline in the 1980s and 1990s as co-managing partner, with Jim Thomas, of Maguire Thomas Partners.

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LA 500: Robert J. Lowe

Real Estate

Robert Lowe is founder and chairman of Lowe Enterprises, a national real estate company.

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LA 500: Jonathan Larsen

Real Estate

Jonathan Larsen is leader of commercial real estate company Avison Young’s West L.A., Tri-Cities, and Ventura County operations.

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LA 500: Benjamin Lambert

Real Estate

Benjamin Lambert founded Eastdil Inc. in 1967, and Eastdil Secured was created from its 2006 merger with Secured Capital Corp.

LA 500: Shaul Kuba

Real Estate

Shaul Kuba, co-founder and a principal of CIM Group, has been an active real estate investor for more than 25 years.

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LA 500: Bradford Korzen

Real Estate

As the founder of Kor Group, Brad Korzen has developed a portfolio of resorts, hotels, multifamily properties, and commercial investments.

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LA 500: Steven Kolsky

Real Estate

Steven Kolsky joined Newmark Knight Frank in 2000 as a founding principal in the firm’s Southern California operation, where has consistently been a top performer in the region.

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LA 500: John Kilroy

Real Estate

John Kilroy has served as chief executive, president, and a board member of Kilroy Realty since its incorporation in September 1996.

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LA 500: Paul N. Keller

Real Estate

Paul Keller is a founding principal of Mack Urban, involved with the firms’ strategic direction, capital market relationships, and tactical management of all Mack Urban investments.

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LA 500: Jordan L. Kaplan

Real Estate

Jordan Kaplan has served as chief executive, president, and board member since the founding of Douglas Emmett Inc.

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LA 500: Robert Jernigan

Real Estate

As co-managing principal for the Southwest region, Rob Jernigan is responsible for Gensler offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Newport Beach, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver.

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LA 500: Ted Hyman

Real Estate

Ted Hyman is managing partner of ZGF Architects.

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City Council OKs Ambulance Fee Hikes

Private ambulance businesses across Los Angeles were given a financial boost Friday with permission to raise medical and transportation fees.

LA 500: Jeff Hyland

Real Estate

Jeff Hyland became a licensed broker in 1975, and from 1980 to 1990 was a founding partner in the brokerage firm Alvarez Hyland & Young.

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Puji Capital Backs Film Venture by Peter Guber, Steve Richards

Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman and chief executive Peter Guber and Endurance Media Ventures founder Steve Richards have partnered to create a new film production, financing and distribution platform reportedly focusing on star-driven projects.

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LA 500: Scott Hunter

Real Estate

Scott Hunter is principal and Pacific regional director for HKS Architects, a multinational architecture firm.

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LA 500: Lewis C. Horne

Real Estate

Lewis C. Horne is president of the greater Los Angeles-Orange County region for CBRE Group Inc., a leading provider of global commercial real estate services.

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Los Angeles County Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.5 Percent

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles County inched up to 4.5 percent in July from a revised 4.4 percent in June, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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LA 500: Rick Hilton

Real Estate

Co-founded by Rick Hilton in 1993, Beverly Hills-based Hilton & Hyland specializes in select properties throughout Southern California and is an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.

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German Grocer Aldi Partners with Instacart to Offer Delivery in L.A.

The stakes of the grocery delivery wars have just been raised. German discount grocer Aldi Inc. announced Monday that it plans to debut a grocery delivery service through Instacart in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta later this month. Aldi, which mainly sells products with its own label, has almost 1,700 stores in 35 states, according to a press release. About 15 of its stores are in L.A. County.

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LA 500: Randy Highland

Real Estate

Randy Highland joined McCarthy in 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership positions, including preconstruction director, director of parking structures, project director, and executive vice president of operations.

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LA 500: Ronald L. Havner Jr.

Real Estate

Ronald Havner has been chairman and chief executive of Public Storage since August 2011 and November 2002, respectively.

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LA 500: Tom Gilmore

Real Estate

Tom Gilmore is a developer of residential and commercial properties whose early projects in the city’s downtown Historic Core led to the largest resurgence of real estate investment and development the city has experienced in nearly a century.

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LA 500: Kevin Dow

Real Estate

Kevin Dow has more than 32 years of experience in the construction industry, with many of them in operations and preconstruction planning.

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LA 500: Bert Dezzutti

Real Estate

Bert Dezzutti’s primary responsibilities include the strategic acquisition, development, and management of Brookfield’s western region portfolio, which comprises more than 10 million square feet of premier Class-A assets, including property in downtown Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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LA 500: Arthur M. Coppola

Real Estate

Arthur M. Coppola has been chief executive of Macerich Co. since 1993, leading the company in creating retail destinations across the United States.

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LA 500: Victor J. Coleman

Real Estate

Victor J. Coleman is chairman, chief executive, and president of Hudson Pacific Properties, a vertically integrated real estate company focused on developing, acquiring, repositioning and operating high-end office, media, and entertainment properties on the West Coast.

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LA 500: Charles S. Cohen

Real Estate

Charles S. Cohen heads Cohen Brothers, which owns a portfolio of office buildings and design centers in New York; Texas; Florida; and Southern California, including the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

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LA 500: Andy Cohen

Real Estate

Andy Cohen is one of two co-chief executives at Gensler, a global architectural, design and planning firm.

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LA 500: David Callis

Real Estate

David Callis has been vice president of Swinerton Builders since October 2002.

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LA 500: Phil Brodkin

Real Estate

Phil Brodkin is executive vice president, managing director with Newmark Knight Frank overseeing the firm’s Los Angeles region, including the downtown Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, and South Bay offices.

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LA 500: Stanley Black

Real Estate

Stanley Black has more than 50 years of experience as a developer and owner of income-producing real estate.

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LA 500: Doug Bernards

Real Estate

Doug Bernards has been a part of day-to-day operations of the firm he co-founded with his brothers Greg and Jeff in 1974.

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LA 500: John Aaroe

Real Estate

John Aaroe launched his eponymous California real estate company in 2009.

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LA 500: Robert K. Ross

Nonprofits

Dr. Robert K. Ross has headed the California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to address the health needs of Californians, since 2000.

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LA 500: Nolan V. Rollins

Nonprofits

Attorney Nolan V. Rollins is the seventh president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Los Angeles affiliate of the National Urban League.

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LA 500: Alberto Retana

Nonprofits

Alberto Retana’s core values center on the notion that people, love, and compassion – matched with organized power, strategy, and vision – have the potential to transform society.

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LA 500: Mark Loranger

Nonprofits

Mark Loranger leads Chrysalis, an L.A.-based nonprofit that works with the homeless and those disconnected from the workforce to help them find and retain employment.

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LA 500: Stewart Kwoh

Nonprofits

Stewart Kwoh is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations, Asian-American studies, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services.

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LA 500: John E. Kobara

Nonprofits

After serving on the board of the California Community Foundation for five years, John Kobara was appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2008.

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LA 500: Glorya Kaufman

Nonprofits

Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman has had a lifelong love for and involvement with dance.

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LA 500: William Barron Hilton

Nonprofits

Retired chairman, president, and chief executive of Hilton Hotels Corp., Barron Hilton joined the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation in 1950 and served as board chair from 2007 to 2012.

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LA 500: Steven M. Hilton

Nonprofits

Steven M. Hilton has worked in the field of philanthropy for more than 30 years.

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LA 500: Antonia Hernández

Nonprofits

Antonia Hernández is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of social justice and philanthropy.

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LA 500: Shane Murphy Goldsmith

Nonprofits

Before becoming president and chief executive of the Liberty Hill Foundation, Shane Murphy Goldsmith served as Liberty Hill’s vice president and chief program officer.

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LA 500: Ben Goldhirsh

Nonprofits

Ben Goldhirsh is chief executive of the Goldhirsh Foundation, built to help social innovators implement and scale solutions to critical societal challenges.

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LA 500: James Cuno

Nonprofits

James Cuno joined the Trust as president and chief executive in August 2011.

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LA 500: Elise Buik

Nonprofits

Elise Buik became the first female president and chief executive of United Way of Greater Los Angeles in 2005.

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LA 500: Lynn A. Booth

Nonprofits

Lynn A. Booth is president of the Otis Booth Foundation and the Evening Star Foundation, which support philanthropic causes throughout Southern California.

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LA 500: Andrew J. Bales

Nonprofits

The Rev. Andrew J. Bales is chief executive of Union Rescue Mission in downtown’s Skid Row.

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LA 500: Fred Ali

Nonprofits

Fred Ali began his career in 1972 as a volunteer teacher and counselor in a small western Alaska village.

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LA 500: William Ahmanson

Nonprofits

William “Bill” H. Ahmanson began a career in banking at Home Savings of America, where he worked for 17 years.

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PAGA Suits Raise Employer Stakes

Law gives plaintiffs, attorneys right to review wage-hour data, compile class actions.

State’s Private Attorneys General Act stokes class-action suits against employers.

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2016 Revved Up Sales for County’s Car Dealers

AUTOMOTIVE: Recession rebound continued in face of tech, transportation shifts.

L.A. County car dealers had lots to be thankful for with an uptick in 2016 sales.

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Biotech Venture To Cut 300 Jobs

Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth to lay off 300 and sell off messaging platform software.

Bad Scene, Best Practices – Let’s Figure This Out

Two city lots and their conflicting conditions offer a way forward on civic life in Los Angeles.

Hospital System Checks In With Japanese-Americans

MEDICAL: Providence joins Little Tokyo nonprofit Keiro in bid to reach out to elderly.

Hospital operator and Little Tokyo nonprofit unite on aid for Japanese-Americans.

Cedars-Sinai Gives Shot In Arm to Area Services

HEALTH CARE: Grant of $4.8 million targeted at underserved populations.

Cedars-Sinai looks to nurse medical support for the underserved with a $4.8 million grant.

New Jeweler in Crown

DEALS & DEALMAKERS: Authentic Brands Group takes shine to Neil Lane.

West Hollywood-based Neil Lane Enterprises sold a majority stake in its jewelry and accessories business to Authentic Brands Group for roughly $100 million, according to sources familiar with the deal, who confirmed recent media reports of the move.

Medical Office Packs Portfolio

CBRE Global Investment Partners puts its money on medical office with pickup of 25 buildings.

Data Points Lead to Deal

Data analytics firm MarketCast says numbers add up in acquisition of rival Fizziology.

Charter Jet Service Heads for San Jose

Public charter operator JetSuiteX lands service to San Jose..

Medical Unit Gets Surgical Operation

Vance Street’s A&E acquires RTI’s cardiothoracic business in deal that may reach $60M.

RTI Surgical makes the cut with Vance Street’s medical subsidiary..

Birth Date Website Touts Many Happy Returns

Famous Birthdays looks to social media celebrities to light candle under traffic.

Ever wanted to know which celebrities shared your birthday? Famous Birthdays of Santa Monica has made a business out of indulging that curiosity.

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Is Snap the New Myspace?

INTERNET: Facebook has Silicon Beach star in sights.

Former Myspace execs offer Snap some friendly social network advice on dealing with Facebook.

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Page 3: Santana’s Future; Needleman’s Voice; Cassell’s Cobb

Miguel Santana is focused on a huge public asset now that he’s boss of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, as our Neil Nisperos reports on page 1.

Grounds for Growth

New Fairplex CEO Miguel Santana sees room for more business at 487-acre site

Los Angeles County Fair Association’s new CEO works to boost the fairground’s attraction to a range of ventures.

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Amateur Golfers Drive Commercial Opportunities

Organizers of championship event point out its pull with big names from business.

There was more than this year’s trophy at stake when top amateur golfers from around the world descended on the L.A. area for last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship jointly hosted by the Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club.

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Metal Industry Steels Itself Against Toxic Testing

Trade group calls tracking system outdated, says issue involves many businesses.

The local metalworking industry is fighting back after a nearly yearlong crackdown by regulators over emissions of toxic chemical hexavalent chromium.

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Last Mile First Up For Latest EV Entry

New electric-vehicle maker Chanje looks to hit the roads with a focus on last-mile goods delivery.

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Ares Spending $1.45 Billion on Doctors

Doctors are in as assets as Ares Management sinks $1.45 billion in medical group.

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Taking Flight

New alliance’s mission: protect air base, support aviation.

New industry alliance seeks to give the South Bay a lift by protecting the local air base..

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Brokerages’ Dueling Data Don’t Always Match

Report criteria can affect numbers but firms say they generally agree on trends.

Real estate market data from different firms can vary, as people who follow the numbers can attest.

LB High-Rise Fetches Towering $133 Million

Sunset Group proves high on Long Beach with a $132.9 million sale of an apartment tower.

Thursday, August 17

LA 500: Gary Winnick

Money Players

Gary Winnick, chairman and chief executive of Winnick & Co., has sourced in excess of $100 billion to fund transformative technologies and corporate innovation, providing capital and counsel to dozens of companies in a wide range of industries.

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LA 500: Tim Wennes

Money Players

Tim Wennes is West Coast president for Union Bank.

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LA 500: Eric D. Wedbush

Money Players

Eric Wedbush directs Wedbush’s investment activities, oversees its strategic initiatives, and serves on its board.

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LA 500: Matthew Wagner

Money Players

Matthew Wagner is head of Pacific Western Bank, a business lender with more than $21 billion in assets.

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LA 500: Tom Unterman

Money Players

Tom Unterman is founding partner of Rustic Canyon Partners, which he started in 1999.

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LA 500: Dennis A. Tito

Money Players

Dennis A. Tito is a founder, chairman, and chief executive of Wilshire Associates.

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LA 500: Amir Tehrani

Money Players

Amir Tehrani was the first entrepreneur-in-residence for the City of Los Angeles, working closely with local companies to source capital and provide support, while also identifying opportunities for the city to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

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LA 500: Mark Suster

Money Players

Mark Suster is managing partner at Upfront Ventures.

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LA 500: Steve Streit

Money Players

Steve Streit is founder and chief executive of Green Dot Corp., a bank holding company.

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LA 500: Marc Stern

Money Players

Marc Stern is chairman of TCW, a Los Angeles-based asset management firm.

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LA 500: Jonathan Sokoloff

Money Players

Jonathan Sokoloff joined Leonard Green & Partners, one of the nation’s leading private equity firms, in 1990 and has invested in more than 80 companies.

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LA 500: Timothy J. Sloan

Money Players

Tim J. Sloan was elected chief executive of Wells Fargo & Co. and named to the board in October 2016.

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LA 500: Robert Sinnott

Money Players

Since joining Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors in 1992, Robert Sinnott founded and built the firm’s energy platform into one of the largest energy investment firms in the country, with more than $22 billion in investments.

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LA 500: Dana Settle

Money Players

Partner Greycroft Partners Dana Settle is a founding partner with Greycroft. She heads the firm’s West Coast office out of Los Angeles. Prior to Greycroft, Settle spent several years as a venture capitalist and advisor to startup companies in the Bay Area, including six years at Mayfield. She serves or observes on the boards of Greycroft’s investments in AppAnnie, EBTH.com, Steelhouse, TheRealReal, CMG, and WideOrbit. She also managed the firm’s investments in Maker Studios (sold to Disney), Viddy

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LA 500: Chris Sacca

Money Players

Chris Sacca is an accomplished venture investor, entrepreneur, and adviser.

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LA 500: Rebecca Rothstein

Money Players

Rebecca Rothstein works with high-net-worth individuals, families, and institutions, helping them advance their wealth management goals.

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LA 500: Alan Rothenberg

Money Players

Alan Rothenberg is chairman of 1st Century Bank as well as Premier Partnerships, a company that looks to maximize revenue for facilities through the sale of naming rights and sponsorships.

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LA 500: Bennett Rosenthal

Money Players

Bennett Rosenthal is a director and partner of Ares Management.

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LA 500: Bryant R. Riley

Money Players

Bryant R. Riley is chairman and chief executive of B. Riley & Co., a leading full-service investment bank; chairman and chief executive officer of publicly traded Great American Group Inc.; and managing member of B. Riley Asset Management.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 17: Faraday Future May Cut Electric Car Racing Team to Save Cash

Faraday Future may cut electric car racing team to save cash, alt-right social media network raises $1 million on StartEngine, and X Prize extends contest to land on the Moon.

LA 500: Tony P. Ressler

Money Players

Antony Ressler is a co-founder and chairman and chief executive of Ares Management.

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LA 500: Marc Rapaport

Money Players

Marc Rapaport is a private investor with a wide range of operational experience.

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LA 500: Erik Rannala

Money Players

Prior to co-founding Mucker Capital, Erik Rannala was at Harrison Metal Capital, a successful seed-stage venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

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LA 500: Anthony Pritzker

Money Players

Tony Pritzker is founder and managing partner of Pritzker Group.

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LA 500: Joan A. Payden

Money Players

Joan A. Payden established Payden & Rygel, a global investment management firm, in 1983.

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LA 500: Sean Parker

Money Players

In June 2015, philanthropist and entrepreneur Sean Parker announced a $600 million contribution to launch the Parker Foundation to focus on life sciences, global public health, and civic engagement.

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LA 500: Peter Nolan

Money Players

Peter Nolan founded Nolan Capital Inc. in 2014 as the holding company for his family office to make long-term investments in growth-oriented companies.

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LA 500: Dominic Ng

Money Players

Dominic Ng heads East West Bank, a full-service international and commercial bank focusing on the United States and China, which has assets of $27.6 billion.

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LA 500: Marc B. Nathanson

Money Players

Marc B. Nathanson is chairman of Mapleton Investments, a diversified investment holding company, and of Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the largest water-free urinal manufacturer and distributer in the world.

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LA 500: Christopher Myers

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Christopher Myers joined Citizens Business Bank as chief executive in 2006.

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Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss Media Raises $1.2 Million

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has raised $1.2 million for her new company, Girlboss Media.

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LA 500: Palmer Murray

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Palmer Murray joined Lourd Capital Management in 2012, and the name was changed to LourdMurray to reflect his role as president, managing partner, and co-chief investment officer.

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LA 500: Bruce Munster

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Bruce Munster is a principal of the Munster Freeman Group, a mergers and acquisitions-focused advisory practice within the private banking and investment group at Merrill Lynch that manages more than $1.7 billion for 40 families.

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LA 500: Charles T. Munger

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Best known as vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Charles Munger is also chairman of Daily Journal Corp., which owns newspapers targeted at the legal industry.

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LA 500: Peter W. Mullin

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Peter W. Mullin is founding chairman of Mullin Barens Sanford Financial.

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LA 500: Jamie Montgomery

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Jamie Montgomery is a co-founder and managing director of technology investment company March Capital Partners.

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LA 500: Ken Moelis

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Ken Moelis runs a global independent investment bank that provides strategic advice and solutions to a diverse client base, including corporations, governments, and financial sponsors.

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LA 500: Scott Minerd

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In his role as global chief investment officer, Scott Minerd guides Guggenheim Partners’ investment strategies and oversees client accounts across a broad range of fixed-income and equity securities.

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LA 500: Douglas Merrill

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Douglas Merrill is founder and chief executive of ZestFinance, a financial technology company that uses big data and artificial intelligence to help lenders more accurately predict credit risk so they can increase revenue, reduce defaults, and promote compliance.

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LA 500: Howard Marks

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Howard Marks is co-founder and chief executive at StartEngine Crowdfunding/Capital.

LA 500: Brad Larsen

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Brad M. Larsen is a managing director and market executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

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LA 500: Ashton Kutcher

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Globally known for his acting, Ashton Kutcher is also a venture capitalist who has invested in several high technology startups, such as Skype, Foursquare, and Airbnb.

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LA 500: Kevin S. Kim

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Kevin S. Kim is chief executive and president of Hope Bancorp Inc., parent of Bank of Hope.

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LA 500: Richard Kayne

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Richard Kayne is the founder and chairman of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, a Los Angeles-based manager of alternative investment strategies.

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LA 500: Bruce Karsh

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Bruce Karsh is a co-founder of Oaktree and serves as co-chairman.

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LA 500: David Kaplan

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David Kaplan is a co-founder of Ares Management, as well as a director and partner of Ares Management GP, Ares’ general partner.

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LA 500: Richard B. Jones

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Richard Jones has been providing investment advisory and private banking services to high net worth individuals, foundations, and endowments since 1980.

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LA 500: William Hsu

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William Hsu has spent his career as both an entrepreneur and an executive of a Fortune 100 company, founding Mucker Capital to invest in seed and “pre-seed” stage companies building defensible and scalable businesses in internet software, services, and media.

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LA 500: Philip Holthouse

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Philip Holthouse is a founding partner of Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt and has more than 30 years’ experience in the tax field.

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LA 500: Don Hankey

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Don Hankey is chairman, chief executive, and primary stockholder of all Hankey Investment-controlled entities, including Westlake Financial Services.

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LA 500: Jeffrey Gundlach

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Jeffrey Gundlach is recognized as an expert in bonds and other debt-related investments.

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LA 500: Lloyd Greif

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Lloyd Greif founded Greif & Co. in 1992 after a successful decade-long turn as vice chairman of Sutro & Co. Inc., the oldest investment banking firm in the West, where he was head of the investment banking division.

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LA 500: Bob Graziano

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Bob Graziano is responsible for corporate strategy and development for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in the Western Region, providing strategic advice and support to the regional leadership team.

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Wednesday, August 16

Ares Management Invests $1.45 Billion into Chicago Medical Group

Ares Management has invested $1.45 billion into DuPage Medical Group, the largest independent physicians group in Chicago.

Providence Health Joins Keiro to Offer Care for Japanese-Americans

Providence Health & Services Southern California has joined forces with Keiro, a downtown-based nonprofit social service agency, to offer the nation’s first palliative care targeted for Japanese-Americans.

Sunset Group Acquires Long Beach High-Rise for $133 Million

West Hollywood’s Sunset Group has purchased a high-rise multifamily property, known as the Current, in downtown Long Beach for $132.9 million, according to data from real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle.

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Pico Rivera Baking Company BakeMark USA Sold

Major Pico Rivera-based baking supply and distribution company BakeMark USA was acquired on Monday by London-based investment manager Pamplona Capital.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 16: Tronc and Investor’s Business Daily to Launch Paid Newsletter on Mutual Funds

Tronc and Investor’s Business Daily to launch paid newsletter on mutual funds, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joins Mojiit as advisor and retail inventory software company NuOrder raises $8 million.

15-Acre USC Village to Open Thursday

The student-housing hub called USC Village, one of the largest developments ever built in South Los Angeles, is set to open to fanfare Thursday.

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CBRE Acquires 25-building Medical Office Portfolio

Downtown-based CBRE Global Investment Partners has acquired a 95 percent interest in a 25-building U.S. medical office portfolio, the company announced Wednesday.

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Public Charter Operator JetSuiteX to Launch Burbank-San Jose Service

Irvine-based air public charter operator JetSuiteX announced Wednesday it will start service next month from Hollywood Burbank Airport to San Jose International Airport.

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Cedars-Sinai Gives $5 Million Grant for Community Health Programs

Needy residents have received a health care boost from a nearly $5 million Cedars-Sinai Medical Center grant to bolster local community clinics and mental health agencies, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

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Tuesday, August 15

Silicon Beach Report Aug. 15: City of Los Angeles Launches Cyberattack Warning Center

City of Los Angeles launches cyberattack warning center, US government demands details on visitors to anti-Trump website hosted by DreamHost, and UCLA Extension creates Innovation Lab program.

Southern California News Group Offers Buyouts

Southern California News Group, an umbrella company of 11 area newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News in Woodland Hills, the Orange County Register, Pasadena Star-News, and the Daily Breeze, is offering a buyout plan to newsroom employees.

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City of Los Angeles Launches Cyberattack Warning Center

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the launch of the Los Angeles Cyber Lab, a public-private data-sharing center for alerting local businesses and residents to cyberattacks.

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Monday, August 14

LA 500: Tom Gores

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Tom Gores founded Platinum Equity in 1995, guiding the strategic development and direction of both the private equity firm and its portfolio over the last three decades.

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LA 500: Alec E. Gores

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Alec E. Gores founded Gores Group in 1987 as a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses that can benefit from the firm’s operating experience and flexible capital base.

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LA 500: Stanley P. Gold

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Stanley P. Gold is president, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Shamrock Holdings, an investment company wholly owned by the Roy E. Disney family.

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LA 500: Joshua S. Friedman

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Joshua S. Friedman co-founded Canyon Partners in 1990.

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Report: UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Hospitals Among Top Nationally

Two Los Angeles medical centers were ranked among the top dozen hospitals in the nation, making the honor roll of best U.S. hospitals, according to a U.S. News & World Report scorecard.

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LA 500: Jim Freedman

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Jim Freedman is managing director, chairman, and founding principal of Intrepid Investment Bankers.

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LA 500: David I. Fisher

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David I. Fisher is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group and chairman emeritus of Capital Group International Inc.

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LA 500: David Felman

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David Felman has more than 15 years of investment banking and financial services experience.

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LA 500: David DiCristofaro

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A 20-year veteran of Wells Fargo & Co., David DiCristofaro oversees more than 2,800 team members at more than 150 branches spanning East and South Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Coachella Valley.

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LA 500: Terri Decker

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Terri Decker is the market manager for One West Bank responsible for retail banking in the Central Los Angeles market.

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LA 500: Philip de Toledo

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Philip de Toledo is president of Capital Group Cos. Inc. and also serves on the company’s management committee.

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LA 500: Robert Day

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Robert Day is chairman and chief executive of downtown hedge fund Oakmont Corp., which has about $1.4 billion in assets under management.

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LA 500: John G. Danhakl

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John G. Danhakl joined private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners in 1995.

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LA 500: Paige Craig

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Paige Craig is general partner and co-founder with Jeff Lo of Arena Ventures, a seed fund which he launched in early 2015.

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LA 500: Dunson K. Cheng

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Dunson K. Cheng is executive chairman of Cathay General Bancorp, a position he has held since 2016.

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LA 500: Ron Burkle

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Investor and philanthropist Ron Burkle founded Yucaipa Cos., an investment firm focusing on the retail, manufacturing, distribution, and hospitality industries, in 1986.

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LA 500: Greg Brakovich

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Greg Brakovich is a founding principal of Crossroads Capital Group.

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LA 500: Arthur Bilger

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Arthur “Art” H. Bilger runs Shelter Capital Partners, a private investment fund focused on technology companies in the media, wireless communication, enterprise software, and semiconductor industries.

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LA 500: Scott Beiser

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Scott Beiser’s responsibilities as Houlihan Lokey’s chief executive include managing operations for the investment bank, identifying and developing strategic opportunities, and pursuing and managing client relationships.

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LA 500: Frank Baxter

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Frank Baxter worked from 1974 to 2002 at Jefferies and Co., a global investment bank specializing in small- and mid-cap companies, serving as chief executive from 1987 until his departure.

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LA 500: Thomas Barrack Jr.

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Thomas J. Barrack Jr. is executive chairman of Colony NorthStar Inc., which was formed with the 2016 merger of his private equity firm Colony Capital with Northstar Asset Management and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.

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LA 500: William Barnum

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William Barnum joined Brentwood Associates, a private investment firm, in 1984.

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LA 500: Mark Attanasio

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Mark Attanasio is a co-founder and managing partner of Crescent Capital, an alternative credit financier specializing in debt securities.

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DoubleTree Near LAX Sold for $54.1 million

The 216-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LAX in El Segundo was recently sold for almost $54.1 million, or $110,500 per room, according to CoStar data.

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LA 500: Bita Ardalan

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Bita Ardalan is managing director and head of the Commercial Banking Group at Union Bank.

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LA 500: Raul A. Anaya

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Raul Anaya is the Greater Los Angeles president for Bank of America, working with 10,000 local employees, setting strategy for the region, and leading the Bank’s $6 million philanthropic effort that includes 50,000 hours of local employee volunteerism.

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LA 500: Jeremy Zimmer

Media & Entertainment

Jeremy Zimmer is a founding partner, chief executive, and managing director of UTA, as well as a key architect of its growth into one of the industry’s leading entertainment firms.

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LA 500: Paul Yanover

Media & Entertainment

Paul Yanover is president of Fandango, the nation’s leading digital destination for all things movies, serving more than 60 million online and mobile visitors per month, according to comScore.

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LA 500: Oprah Winfrey

Media & Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey is chairman and chief executive of the OWN cable network, and founder of O: The Oprah Magazine and Harpo Films.

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LA 500: Patrick Whitesell

Media & Entertainment

Patrick Whitesell is co-chief executive of WME | IMG.

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LA 500: Hayma Washington

Media & Entertainment

Hayma Washington is one of the entertainment industry’s most prolific and accomplished executives.

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LA 500: Jon F. Vein

Media & Entertainment

Jon F. Vein co-founded and served as chief executive of MarketShare, a big data marketing analytics and software company acquired in December 2015 by Neustar.

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LA 500: Kevin Tsujihara

Media & Entertainment

Kevin Tsujihara became chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros. in March 2013.

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LA 500: George Strompolos

Media & Entertainment

Prior to founding Fullscreen, George Strompolos served as strategic partnerships manager at YouTube and was responsible for establishing distribution channels with new-media companies and content producers.

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LA 500: Gary Stewart

Media & Entertainment

Gary Stewart’s lifelong passion for music led him to be a force in the entertainment industry for more than 35 years.

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LA 500: Steven Spielberg

Media & Entertainment

Steven Spielberg, one of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, is chairman of Amblin Partners, formed in 2015.

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Silicon Beach Report Aug. 14: L.A.’s MarketCast Acquires Fizziology

L.A.’s MarketCast acquires Fizziology, SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with heavy load of scientific experiments, Snapchat debuts Crowd Surf, a video-stitching feature.

LA 500: Stacey Snider

Media & Entertainment

Stacey Snider became 21st Century Fox’s chairwoman and chief executive in June 2016.

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LA 500: Shane Smith

Media & Entertainment

Shane Smith is founder and chief executive of Vice Media, a global digital media and broadcasting company.

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Meal Kit Service Chef’d Raises $25 Million from Smithfield Foods Inc.

El Segundo-based meal kit delivery service Chef’d has raised $25 million from Smithfield, Va., pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc., the investor announced Monday.

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LA 500: Jeff Skoll

Media & Entertainment

Jeff Skoll is an entrepreneur devoted to creating a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.

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LA 500: Chris Silbermann

Media & Entertainment

Chris Silbermann is managing partner of ICM Partners, a global talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of TV, motion pictures, publishing, broadcasting, music, theater, corporate marketing, and new media.

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LA 500: Jeff Shell

Media & Entertainment

Jeff Shell was named chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group in September 2013.

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LA 500: Ryan Seacrest

Media & Entertainment

Ryan Seacrest took the reins as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on “Live With Kelly and Ryan” in 2017, adding to his hosting duties for “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” a nationally syndicated morning drive-time show for iHeartMedia and the syndicated “On Air With Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest,” and the weekday vignette “Direct From Hollywood.” He hosted “American Idol” on Fox television, and is host and executive producer of ABC’s annual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.”

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LA 500: Ted Sarandos

Media & Entertainment

Ted Sarandos has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000.

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LA 500: Ed Ruscha

Media & Entertainment

Ed Ruscha is a pop artist whose work includes paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, artist’s books, and films, and is in the collections of major national and international museums.

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LA 500: Shonda Rhimes

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Shonda Rhimes is the first African-American woman to create and executive produce a top 10 network series.

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LA 500: Sumner M. Redstone

Media & Entertainment

Sumner M. Redstone served as executive chairman of CBS and Viacom until February 2016.

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LA 500: Sean Rad

Media & Entertainment

Sean Rad is founder and chairman of Tinder, a global platform that has garnered more than 25 million users, having stepped down as chief executive in 2016.

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LA 500: Roy Price

Media & Entertainment

Roy Price oversees all development and production of original film and television properties at Amazon Studios.

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LA 500: Richard Plepler

Media & Entertainment

Richard Plepler, named to his post in 2013, is responsible for the overall management of HBO and Cinemax, with a combined 134 million subscribers worldwide.

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LA 500: Chet Pipkin

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Chet Pipkin launched Belkin International in 1983 out of his parent’s garage in Southern California.

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LA 500: Joe Phelps

Media & Entertainment

Joe Phelps is an innovator of integrated marketing communications.

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LA 500: Jay Penske

Media & Entertainment

Jay Penske is chairman and chief executive of Penske Media, owner of Hollywood trade magazine Variety and one of the largest digital media companies in the world.

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LA 500: Norm Pattiz

Media & Entertainment

Norm Pattiz is founder and executive chairman of PodcastOne.

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LA 500: William J. O’Neil

Media & Entertainment

William O’Neil began his career with a fascination for the securities market.

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LA 500: David Nevins

Media & Entertainment

David Nevins has oversight of all aspects of Showtime Networks and its channels.

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LA 500: Sam Nazarian

Media & Entertainment

Sam Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Group manages hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs.

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LA 500: Bobby Murphy

Media & Entertainment

Bobby Murphy co-founded the global social media platform Snapchat and its parent company, Snap Inc.

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LA 500: Lachlan K. Murdoch

Media & Entertainment

Lachlan Murdoch is co-chairman of News Corp.

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LA 500: James Murdoch

Media & Entertainment

James Murdoch leads 21st Century Fox, which holds a portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay-TV, and satellite assets.

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LA 500: Leslie Moonves

Media & Entertainment

Leslie Moonves oversees all operations of CBS Corp, including the CBS Television Network, the CW network, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group, CBS Films, CBS Interactive, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, and CBS EcoMedia.

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L.A.’s MarketCast Acquires Fizziology

Mid-Wilshire data analytics and marketing research services provider MarketCast has acquired data analytics company Fizziology, headquartered in Indianapolis. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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LA 500: Jarl Mohn

Media & Entertainment

Jarl Mohn oversees a strategy to continue NPR’s mission to create a more informed public by working in partnership with member stations across the country.

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LA 500: Janice Min

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Janice Min is a media strategist at Eldridge Industries, the holding company for The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Dick Clark Productions, and A24.

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LA 500: Ron Meyer

Media & Entertainment

Ron Meyer provides strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of NBCUniversal’s business, including its portfolio of film and TV assets as well as its global theme park businesses.

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LA 500: Marc Merrill

Media & Entertainment

Marc Merrill helped establish Riot Games in 2006 with the goal of bringing gamer’s games to players all around the globe.

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LA 500: Damian Mazzotta

Media & Entertainment

Damian Mazzotta is the executive vice president of business development for ImpreMedia, a Hispanic news and information company.

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LA 500: Davan Maharaj

Media & Entertainment

Davan Maharaj oversees the largest daily news-gathering organization in the West. 

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LA 500: Michael Lynton

Media & Entertainment

Michael Lynton is chairman of technology and social media company Snap Inc.

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LA 500: Richard Lovett

Media & Entertainment

Richard Lovett is president of Creative Artists Agency, responsible for directing the agency’s overall business, including forging areas that create more opportunities and resources for clients and the company.

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LA 500: Bryan Lourd

Media & Entertainment

Bryan Lourd is a partner and co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency.

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LA 500: David Linde

Media & Entertainment

David Linde is chief executive of Participant Media, a global media company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll.

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LA 500: Kevin LeGrett

Media & Entertainment

Kevin LeGrett is a media executive with more than two decades of experience in the media industry.

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LA 500: Isaac Larian

Media & Entertainment

Isaac Larian is chief executive of MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products company headquartered in Southern California that manufactures proprietary and licensed products including toys and games, dolls, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery, and sporting goods.

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LA 500: Robert Kotick

Media & Entertainment

Over the course of a quarter-century under Bobby Kotick’s leadership, Activision Blizzard has grown to become the world’s most successful standalone interactive entertainment company.

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LA 500: Jimmy Kimmel

Media & Entertainment

Jimmy Kimmel has hosted his live late-night talk show on ABC for 14 seasons.

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LA 500: Kathleen Kennedy

Media & Entertainment

Eight-time Academy Award-nominated Kathleen Kennedy joined Lucasfilm in 2012.

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LA 500: Jeffrey Katzenberg

Media & Entertainment

Jeffrey Katzenberg launched WndrCo after Comcast Corp. acquired DreamWorks Animation in 2016 in a $3.8 billion deal.

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LA 500: James Iovine

Media & Entertainment

Veteran music mogul Jimmy Iovine is one of the music industry’s most prominent players.

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LA 500: Kevin Huvane

Media & Entertainment

Kevin Huvane is a partner and managing director of entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency.

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LA 500: Arianna Huffington

Media & Entertainment

Arianna Huffington is an entrepreneur, columnist, and author.

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LA 500: Alan F. Horn

Media & Entertainment

As chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn oversees worldwide production, distribution, and marketing for live-action and animated films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, as well as marketing and distribution for DreamWorks Studios films released under the Touchstone Pictures banner.

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LA 500: Mike Hopkins

Media & Entertainment

Mike Hopkins is a media veteran who brings more than two decades of video experience to Hulu, one of the leading premium streaming destinations in the U.S.

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LA 500: Ron Hasse

Media & Entertainment

Ron Hasse was named president of Southern California News Group in March 2016.

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LA 500: Sarah Harden

Media & Entertainment

Sarah Harden is president of Otter Media, a joint venture between the Chernin Group and AT&T that manages, invests in, and operates businesses in the media, entertainment, and consumer internet industries.

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LA 500: Bill Hagelstein

Media & Entertainment

As chief executive and president of RPA, Bill Hagelstein oversees one of the largest independent ad agencies in the country.

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LA 500: Brian Grazer

Media & Entertainment

Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning producer and New York Times bestselling author Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 30 years.

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LA 500: Lucian Grainge

Media & Entertainment

Lucian Grainge has championed the development of innovative business models and partnerships with a wide range of technology and media partners around the world. 

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LA 500: Sam Gores

Media & Entertainment

Sam Gores is one of Hollywood’s most prominent agents.

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German Grocer Aldi Partners with Instacart to Offer Delivery in Los Angeles

German discount grocer Aldi Inc. announced Monday that it plans to debut a grocery delivery service through Instacart in Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta later this month. Aldi, which mainly sells products with its own label, has almost 1,700 stores in 35 states, according to a press release. About 15 of its stores are in L.A. County.

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LA 500: Jim Gianopulos

Media & Entertainment

Veteran executive Jim Gianopulos became chief executive of Paramount in March 2017.

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LA 500: Kim Getty

Media & Entertainment

Kim Getty joined Deutsch Los Angeles in 2003 and has been instrumental in growing the agency from about 270 to more than 600 staffers – recently becoming the largest agency on the West Coast.

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LA 500: Rob Friedman

Media & Entertainment

Rob Friedman stepped down as co-chairman of Lions Gate’s motion picture group in late 2016 to become a special adviser to Chief Executive Jon Feltheimer.

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LA 500: Renee White Fraser

Media & Entertainment

Renee Fraser believes in the power of communication.

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LA 500: Jon Feltheimer

Media & Entertainment

During his more than three-decade entertainment industry career, Jon Feltheimer has held leadership positions at Lions Gate, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and New World Entertainment.

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LA 500: Ariel Emanuel

Media & Entertainment

Ari Emanuel is co-chief executive of WME | IMG.

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LA 500: Rick Eiserman

Media & Entertainment

Rick Eiserman holds a dual role as chief executive of Engine North America and Trailer Park.

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LA 500: Dr. Dre

Media & Entertainment

Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Romelle Young, at one time co-owned hip-hop music label Death Row Records, then later started Aftermath Entertainment, producing top artists such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

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LA 500: Chris DeWolfe

Media & Entertainment

Chris DeWolfe is chief executive of Jam City, a mobile-game studio formerly known as SGN, which was founded in 2010.

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LA 500: Ellen DeGeneres

Media & Entertainment

Ellen DeGeneres is an actress, comedian, and entertainment pioneer, who branched out from stand-up comedy to her work today on television, in film, and in the literary world.

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LA 500: Justin Dearborn

Media & Entertainment

Justin Dearborn was appointed chief executive of tronc, owner of the Los Angeles Times, in February 2016.

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LA 500: Elizabeth M. Daley

Media & Entertainment

Elizabeth M. Daley was appointed dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in May 1991.

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LA 500: Ted Chervin

Media & Entertainment

Ted Chervin is a founding partner and board member at ICM Partners, a talent and literary agency representing clients in the fields of motion pictures, TV, publishing, music, theater, branded entertainment, and digital media.

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LA 500: Peter Chernin

Media & Entertainment

The Chernin Group is a privately held independent media holding company founded by Peter Chernin.

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LA 500: Troy Carter

Media & Entertainment

As a digital and social entrepreneur, Troy Carter has influenced the careers of numerous recording artists, including Lady Gaga.

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LA 500: Stephen B. Burke

Media & Entertainment

Stephen B. Burke oversees NBCUniversal’s portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment networks; a motion picture company; significant TV production operations; a TV stations group; and theme parks.

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LA 500: Karen Brodkin

Media & Entertainment

Karen Brodkin is executive vice president, content strategy and partnerships at WME | IMG, overseeing business affairs across IMG’s events, media, college, golf, tennis, performance, IMG Academy, clients, consulting, licensing, and joint-venture business areas.

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LA 500: John Boiler

Media & Entertainment

John Boiler sets the vision at 72andSunny, the full-service ad company he founded.

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LA 500: Todd Boehly

Media & Entertainment

Todd L. Boehly is chairman and chief executive of Eldridge Industries, a private holding company that manages its capital across a diverse portfolio of businesses across several industries.

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LA 500: Alan Bergman

Media & Entertainment

As president of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Bergman is responsible for the distribution of the studios’ motion pictures across theatrical, home entertainment, pay-TV, digital, and other windows.