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Sunny Sassoon

Executive Chairman, International Coffee & Tea

THE LATEST: Sassoon’s Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf filed plans with the City of Los Angeles late last year to build a new headquarters on 3.7 acres of land it owns in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw area. The project would include 54,000 square feet devoted to a coffee roastery as well as retail space. The company is currently housed in Miracle Mile.

BACKGROUND: Sassoon bought Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in 1996 with his brother Victor and previously served as its chief executive. Under Sassoon’s guidance, the company has grown into an international brand with more than 1,000 company-owned and franchised stores in the United States and abroad. Sassoon also serves as a director of the board of the family company, Sassoon Investment Corp., and helps oversee the family’s real estate investments in the United States and Southeast Asia.

WORTH NOTING: Sassoon grew up in Singapore and Jakarta.

YEARS ON THE LA500: 4

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