Managing Partner, Yucaipa Cos.
Founded by Burkle in 1986, Yucaipa is known for its mergers and acquisitions of major grocery chains. Burkle has served as chairman and controlling shareholder of numerous companies, including Alliance Entertainment, Golden State Foods Corp., Dominick’s grocery store chain, Fred Meyer Inc., Ralphs Grocery Co. Inc. and Food4Less Holdings Inc. He is chairman of the Ronald W. Burkle Foundation, which supports the arts, fosters workers’ rights and empowers underserved communities. He also serves as co-chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. Yucaipa Acquisition Co. merged with sporting goods retailer Signa Sports United GmbH in June.
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