What kind of year was 2019 for L.A.’s business community? We’re glad you asked.

The Business Journal has compiled an extensive, incisive look back at the stories and the people that made the past year so memorable in Los Angeles.

Our editors and reporters have identified 10 of the year’s most impactful news events, including the rise of Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium, the collapse of retailer Forever 21, Beyond Meat’s splashy IPO and the tariffs causing pain at the ports.

We’ve also highlighted 10 of the year’s biggest newsmakers, business leaders such as the mercurial Elon Musk, the ascendant Kelly Coffey at City National Bank, the red-hot Ted Sarandos at Netflix and the departing Michael Burke at AECOM.

So take a few minutes to read and reflect. After all, this package was a year in the making.


2019's Stories of the Year

Downtown Boomtown

Moving the Chains

Gone Hollywood

LAX Projects Take Wing

The Toll of Tariffs

Open Season

Write It Off

A Growing Concern

Riches to Rags

Parsons Departs


2019's People of the Year

Burger King: Beyond Meat's Ethan Brown

Moving Man: AECOM's Michael Burke

Destination Maker: Developer Rick Caruso

Change Agent: City National Bank's Kelley Coffey

Game Effort: Riot Games' Nicolo Laurent

Star Turn: Elon Musk

Something Wonderful: Wonderful's Stewart and Lynda Resnick

New Horizons: Rising Realty Partners' Chris Rising

Streaming Warrior: Netflix's Ted Sarandos

Big Dealer: Upfront Ventures' Mark Suster


Watch: 2019 Year in Review Special Report Recap

See Also: The Best and Worst LABJ 200 Stocks of 2019


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