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February 2, 1997 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An apparent love triangle involving Joan Irvine Smith, one of Southern California's wealthiest women, has led to a court fight that continues to this day and has outlasted the marriage of two of the parties. The seven-year dispute involves lawsuits filed by Smith, 63; by her former horse trainer, James "Jimmy" Kohn, 50; and by Meg Howard, 31, the woman Kohn married and divorced during the litigation.
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October 31, 1999 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank W. Pritt, who built his fortune in software, is in the middle of building what may become one of the most distinctive--and priciest--homes in the nation on the bluffs of Corona del Mar overlooking the Pacific. When completed, the Portabello, as he calls it, will not only be huge and in a premier location, it will be a unique piece of architecture--with a wave-like roof line and elaborate pools.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1999 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frank W. Pritt, who built his fortune in software, is in the middle of building what may become one of the most distinctive--and priciest--homes in the nation on the bluffs of Corona del Mar overlooking the Pacific. When completed, the Portabello, as he calls it, will not only be huge and in a premier location, it will be a unique piece of architecture--with a wave-like roof line and elaborate pools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of the largest home purchases in Orange County this year, DiTech Funding Corp. founder J. Paul Reddam bought an oceanfront property in an exclusive Laguna Beach neighborhood for $7 million. Reddam, who also is the TV pitchman for the Costa Mesa-based mortgage company, bought the home completely furnished. He paid an additional $1 million to $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1996
Donald L. Bren, the majority owner and chairman of the Irvine Co., is the richest man in Orange County and the 48th wealthiest person in America, according to the annual Forbes 400 Richest People in America survey, released Sunday. Bren, 64, is worth $2 billion, the same sum listed in 1994, when he was ranked by Forbes as the 35th richest man in America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999 | DARYL STRICKLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In one of the largest home purchases in Orange County this year, DiTech Funding Corp. founder J. Paul Reddam bought an oceanfront property in an exclusive Laguna Beach neighborhood for $7 million. Reddam, who also is the TV pitchman for the Costa Mesa-based mortgage company, bought the home completely furnished. He paid an additional $1 million to $1.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Orange County's wealthiest people, especially those who profited from the real estate boom of the 1980s, events of the '90s are not necessarily fortuitous. When Forbes magazine on Monday released its list of the 400 richest people in America, some Orange County residents were conspicuous by their absences. Declining real estate values bumped two well-known millionaires off the list, for which the cutoff point is $265 million. Gone are local developer William Lyon, 70, who ranked No.
NEWS
February 17, 1993 | ERIC BAILEY and JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Taxpayers in affluent areas such as Orange County are likely to feel the brunt of President Clinton's unfolding economic package, which calls for higher taxes from not just the rich but the nation's upper middle class, economists and business leaders said Tuesday. "Orange County will be hit harder than the rest of the nation for three reasons," said Esmael Adibi, director of the Center for Economic Research at Chapman University in Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1994
Some of Orange County's richest people have gotten even richer. According to the newly released annual Forbes 400 Richest People in America list, Donald Bren, the 62-year-old chairman of the Irvine Co., jumped from No. 54 in 1993 to No. 35 this time, with a net worth of $2 billion. That's up from $1.3 billion last year. Anne Catherine Getty Earhart, 42, of Laguna Beach has a rank of 189 with $550 million to her name, up from $400 million last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1998
A Newport Beach socialite convicted of selling cocaine to an undercover police officer was admitted to the Orange County Jail Monday to begin serving a 10-month sentence. Tina Schafnitz, 38, reported to the jail in Santa Ana about 6:30 p.m. "She is here and being processed," a jail spokesman said. Schafnitz pleaded guilty last week to selling $1,000 worth of cocaine to an undercover police officer. She also admitted having a handgun in her Mercedes-Benz when she sold the cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1998
A Newport Beach socialite convicted of selling cocaine to an undercover police officer was admitted to the Orange County Jail Monday to begin serving a 10-month sentence. Tina Schafnitz, 38, reported to the jail in Santa Ana about 6:30 p.m. "She is here and being processed," a jail spokesman said. Schafnitz pleaded guilty last week to selling $1,000 worth of cocaine to an undercover police officer. She also admitted having a handgun in her Mercedes-Benz when she sold the cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An apparent love triangle involving Joan Irvine Smith, one of Southern California's wealthiest women, has led to a court fight that continues to this day and has outlasted the marriage of two of the parties. The seven-year dispute involves lawsuits filed by Smith, 63; by her former horse trainer, James "Jimmy" Kohn, 50; and by Meg Howard, 31, the woman Kohn married and divorced during the litigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1996
Donald L. Bren, the majority owner and chairman of the Irvine Co., is the richest man in Orange County and the 48th wealthiest person in America, according to the annual Forbes 400 Richest People in America survey, released Sunday. Bren, 64, is worth $2 billion, the same sum listed in 1994, when he was ranked by Forbes as the 35th richest man in America.
NEWS
July 23, 1995 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Wealthy" seems to be stuck to Orange County like a big, gaudy tattoo. The county is constantly being characterized as one fat and happy place of Mercedeses, yachts and coastal estates. The bankruptcy has loosened the pens of more than a few pundits who see a quick, easy opportunity to juxtapose the financial catastrophe with what they assume is unbridled wealth. "Also in Money Paradise You Can Go Bankrupt" was how Germany's popular Bild tabloid conveyed the bankruptcy filing in December.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1994
Some of Orange County's richest people have gotten even richer. According to the newly released annual Forbes 400 Richest People in America list, Donald Bren, the 62-year-old chairman of the Irvine Co., jumped from No. 54 in 1993 to No. 35 this time, with a net worth of $2 billion. That's up from $1.3 billion last year. Anne Catherine Getty Earhart, 42, of Laguna Beach has a rank of 189 with $550 million to her name, up from $400 million last year.
NEWS
February 17, 1993 | ERIC BAILEY and JON D. MARKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Taxpayers in affluent areas such as Orange County are likely to feel the brunt of President Clinton's unfolding economic package, which calls for higher taxes from not just the rich but the nation's upper middle class, economists and business leaders said Tuesday. "Orange County will be hit harder than the rest of the nation for three reasons," said Esmael Adibi, director of the Center for Economic Research at Chapman University in Orange.
NEWS
July 23, 1995 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Wealthy" seems to be stuck to Orange County like a big, gaudy tattoo. The county is constantly being characterized as one fat and happy place of Mercedeses, yachts and coastal estates. The bankruptcy has loosened the pens of more than a few pundits who see a quick, easy opportunity to juxtapose the financial catastrophe with what they assume is unbridled wealth. "Also in Money Paradise You Can Go Bankrupt" was how Germany's popular Bild tabloid conveyed the bankruptcy filing in December.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Orange County's wealthiest people, especially those who profited from the real estate boom of the 1980s, events of the '90s are not necessarily fortuitous. When Forbes magazine on Monday released its list of the 400 richest people in America, some Orange County residents were conspicuous by their absences. Declining real estate values bumped two well-known millionaires off the list, for which the cutoff point is $265 million. Gone are local developer William Lyon, 70, who ranked No.
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