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50 Wealthiest: Jeffrey Katzenberg #43

NET WORTH: $865 million -7%

LAST YEAR: $930 million

AGE: 61

RESIDENCE: Beverly Hills

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Movie production

THE MONEY: DreamWorks Animation boss saw stake in studio lose one-third of value as profit nose-dived. Took relatively small Hollywood compensation package of $4 million. Majority of money in private holdings presumed to have gained slightly.

BUZZ: Katzenberg will likely be watching the November election as closely as his studio’s releases. Obama backer has already donated $2 million to the Priorities USA Action Super PAC and was co-host of at noted May fundraiser at George Clooney’s house for Hollywood heavyweights. Studio chief has high hopes for upcoming releases of “Madagascar 3” and “Rise of the Guardians.” Hoping overseas box office will offset the decline in DVD sales that has cut into the studio’s profits. Earlier this year inked deal with state-owned entities in China to create animated and live-action content for release in the fast-growing mainland market, with hopes to exploit the properties in theme parks and toys. Former protégé of Michael Eisner resigned from Disney after falling-out. Sued and received settlement in excess of $250 million. Started as talent agent before becoming assistant to then-Paramount Pictures Chairman Barry Diller.

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