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January 11, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
Richard Wolpert, the former president of Disney Online, has joined Yucaipa Cos. as a partner to help the investment firm bring groceries to the Internet. Ron Burkle, Yucaipa's managing partner, will announce Wolpert's long-expected appointment today. Burkle made headlines last fall for engineering an $8-billion deal to merge Fred Meyer Inc. with Kroger Co.
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November 15, 2000
Richard Wolpert, who last served as a partner for Internet and technology ventures at Yucaipa Cos., will join Seattle-based RealNetworks as a strategic advisor focusing on the delivery of digital music and wireless multimedia. The appointment is to be announced today. RealNetworks is the leading developer of software allowing Web users to hear and view music, video, and other media over the Web. Wolpert headed Disney Online from 1996 to 1998.
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BUSINESS
November 15, 2000
Richard Wolpert, who last served as a partner for Internet and technology ventures at Yucaipa Cos., will join Seattle-based RealNetworks as a strategic advisor focusing on the delivery of digital music and wireless multimedia. The appointment is to be announced today. RealNetworks is the leading developer of software allowing Web users to hear and view music, video, and other media over the Web. Wolpert headed Disney Online from 1996 to 1998.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2000 | JUAN HOVEY
Ask Richard Wolpert what makes him tick as an angel investor and he tells you about the time he built a media room. The story behind that goes back to his childhood, when he decided he would build and sell a profitable business by age 30 so that, as he puts it, he might be done with working.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2000 | Karen Kaplan
No one can accuse Richard Wolpert, chief executive of Beverly Hills-based e-commerce site CheckOut.com, of not putting his money where his mouth is. Wolpert, the former Disney Online president who often hypes the benefit of blending entertainment with technology, has made investments in several companies doing just that. Wolpert will announce today that his personal investment company, Westlake Village-based Chase Investments, has taken stakes in six technology and entertainment firms.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Entertainment heavyweights Richard Wolpert and Michael Ovitz, moving to expand their portfolio of Internet investments, said Wednesday they have taken a multimillion-dollar minority stake in GameSpy Industries, a Costa Mesa-based online entertainment site. Privately held GameSpy, which has a staff of 30, is known for making software applications that enable consumers to find everything from games to music on the Net. Financial details were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Entertainment heavyweights Richard Wolpert and Michael Ovitz, moving to expand their portfolio of Internet investments, said Wednesday that they have taken a multimillion-dollar minority stake in GameSpy Industries, a Costa Mesa-based online entertainment site. Privately held GameSpy, which has a staff of 30, is known for making a series of software applications that allow consumers to find everything from games to music on the Net. Financial details were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1999 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entertainment heavyweights Richard Wolpert and Michael Ovitz teamed with billionaire grocery magnate Ronald W. Burkle on Thursday to announce a new company dubbed CheckOut.com that will sell movies, videos and games over the Internet. They are positioning the company's Web site, which is expected to debut this summer, as the first one-stop shop online to tap into a wide range of information about the entertainment industry. It will link to a series of destinations including CheckOutMusic.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one can doubt that companies such as Amazon.com, Dell Computer and EToys have demonstrated that the masses are perfectly willing to shop online--not with electronic commerce revenues forecast to top $36 billion this year. But one crucial element of retail success is still missing from cyberspace--the impulse purchase. Enter CheckOut.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1998 | DEBORA VRANA and GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Billionaire grocery magnate Ronald W. Burkle plans to branch out from the supermarket aisles he knows so well to the fast-moving world of the Internet, after announcing an $8-billion deal Monday to sell Fred Meyer Inc. to Kroger Co., a spokesman said. The agreement to sell Fred Meyer to the largest U.S. supermarket company is just the latest in a string of deals by Burkle, who started his career sweeping the floors and stacking loaves of bread at a grocery store in Claremont.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2000 | Karen Kaplan
No one can accuse Richard Wolpert, chief executive of Beverly Hills-based e-commerce site CheckOut.com, of not putting his money where his mouth is. Wolpert, the former Disney Online president who often hypes the benefit of blending entertainment with technology, has made investments in several companies doing just that. Wolpert will announce today that his personal investment company, Westlake Village-based Chase Investments, has taken stakes in six technology and entertainment firms.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one can doubt that companies such as Amazon.com, Dell Computer and EToys have demonstrated that the masses are perfectly willing to shop online--not with electronic commerce revenues forecast to top $36 billion this year. But one crucial element of retail success is still missing from cyberspace--the impulse purchase. Enter CheckOut.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Entertainment heavyweights Richard Wolpert and Michael Ovitz, moving to expand their portfolio of Internet investments, said Wednesday that they have taken a multimillion-dollar minority stake in GameSpy Industries, a Costa Mesa-based online entertainment site. Privately held GameSpy, which has a staff of 30, is known for making a series of software applications that allow consumers to find everything from games to music on the Net. Financial details were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
June 3, 1999 | P.J. Huffstutter
Entertainment heavyweights Richard Wolpert and Michael Ovitz, moving to expand their portfolio of Internet investments, said Wednesday they have taken a multimillion-dollar minority stake in GameSpy Industries, a Costa Mesa-based online entertainment site. Privately held GameSpy, which has a staff of 30, is known for making software applications that enable consumers to find everything from games to music on the Net. Financial details were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1999 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entertainment heavyweights Richard Wolpert and Michael Ovitz teamed with billionaire grocery magnate Ronald W. Burkle on Thursday to announce a new company dubbed CheckOut.com that will sell movies, videos and games over the Internet. They are positioning the company's Web site, which is expected to debut this summer, as the first one-stop shop online to tap into a wide range of information about the entertainment industry. It will link to a series of destinations including CheckOutMusic.
BUSINESS
January 11, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
Richard Wolpert, the former president of Disney Online, has joined Yucaipa Cos. as a partner to help the investment firm bring groceries to the Internet. Ron Burkle, Yucaipa's managing partner, will announce Wolpert's long-expected appointment today. Burkle made headlines last fall for engineering an $8-billion deal to merge Fred Meyer Inc. with Kroger Co.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2000 | JUAN HOVEY
Ask Richard Wolpert what makes him tick as an angel investor and he tells you about the time he built a media room. The story behind that goes back to his childhood, when he decided he would build and sell a profitable business by age 30 so that, as he puts it, he might be done with working.
BUSINESS
May 17, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
The latest company to be drawn to the flashy world of entertainment and e-commerce is Yucaipa Cos., the private Los Angeles investment company behind Kroger Co.'s deal to acquire Fred Meyer and create the nation's largest supermarket chain. Yucaipa recently bought Alliance Entertainment Corp. of Coral Springs, Fla., which distributes music, videos, DVDs and games, and operates Web sites about music, movies and games.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1998 | DEBORA VRANA and GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Billionaire grocery magnate Ronald W. Burkle plans to branch out from the supermarket aisles he knows so well to the fast-moving world of the Internet, after announcing an $8-billion deal Monday to sell Fred Meyer Inc. to Kroger Co., a spokesman said. The agreement to sell Fred Meyer to the largest U.S. supermarket company is just the latest in a string of deals by Burkle, who started his career sweeping the floors and stacking loaves of bread at a grocery store in Claremont.
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