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March 24, 2007 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A month after billionaire David Geffen publicly declared she couldn't win the presidency, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bringing her campaign to the home of Geffen's neighbor in Beverly Hills, fellow billionaire Ron Burkle, for a fundraiser tonight that is expected to raise millions. It's a neighborhood Clinton knows well. She has visited repeatedly, as the first lady and as New York's junior senator.
July 17, 2011 | Craig Nakano
Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House, the 1924 hilltop mansion that is one of the master's most celebrated residential designs and one of Los Angeles' most revered architectural landmarks, has sold to billionaire Ron Burkle for about $4.5 million, 70% less than its original asking price. Ennis House Foundation Chairwoman Marla Felber confirmed on Saturday the exact price: $4,458,084.58, which represents the organization's balance on a construction loan taken out to repair L.A.'s most prestigious fixer.
August 31, 2010 | W.J. Hennigan
A high-stakes battle over the nation's largest bookseller escalated Monday as Los Angeles billionaire Ronald W. Burkle accused Barnes & Noble Inc.'s chairman and largest shareholder of self-dealing, approving business deals that benefit himself and his family. The accusatory letter, sent to shareholders Monday, was the latest move in Burkle's monthlong proxy battle to secure three seats — including one for himself — on the company's board of directors. Burkle's investment firm, Yucaipa Cos., owns about 19% of the company and wants to buy more.
December 4, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
NEW YORK - Finally, there's reason to believe the NHL and the players' association are listening to each other and might be inching toward a labor agreement that would salvage some semblance of a season. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who has often accused the NHLPA of being unwilling to negotiate, was cordial toward the union after marathon meetings between selected owners and players at a New York hotel Tuesday. That was significant because Daly has been a loud and constant critic of the union's supposed reluctance to compromise.
November 9, 2006 | Kim Christensen, Robin Abcarian and Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writers
Eli Broad made his fortune building affordable homes for Southern Californians, while Ron Burkle made his by filling their pantries with groceries. On Wednesday, they joined in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Times' parent, Tribune Co. If successful, the two billionaires with no newspaper experience might pull off one of their most audacious deals yet. Broad and Burkle have spent millions cutting separate swaths across the landscape of Southern California arts, culture and philanthropy.
January 21, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
After months of planning, two of Southern California's wealthiest men flew to Chicago on Saturday and made their case for buying a large and potentially controlling stake in Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, KTLA-TV Channel 5, the Chicago Cubs and other newspapers and TV stations.
May 1, 2006 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Ron Burkle says he loves newspapers. He just doesn't always agree with them. The billionaire Los Angeles investor has been known to sic his lawyer on publications he thought treated him unfairly. He has battled in court to keep reporters from getting his divorce records. Most famously, in late March he set up a videotaped sting in an attempt to catch New York Post gossip writer Jared Paul Stern allegedly trying to extort more than $200,000 from him.
The turning point came in 1981 when Ron Burkle--then a vice president at the Stater Bros. supermarket chain at the tender age of 29--decided to put together a buyout team and raise money to acquire his employer. Although Petrolane Properties, owner of Stater Bros. at the time, was entertaining offers to buy its supermarket chain, the parent company was not entertained by Burkle's offer.
March 18, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
Book giant Barnes & Noble Inc. announced a major shakeup of its top management Thursday, saying it was replacing Chief Executive Steve Riggio with the head of its online division. William Lynch, 39, joined the New York company in February 2009 as president of its website, Barnes & He succeeds Riggio, who had been chief executive of the company since 2002 and is the younger brother of company Chairman Leonard Riggio. The move comes at a difficult time for Barnes & Noble.
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