Sunday, January 7, 2007
OK, we are out of control in the post department , but I was scanning the early editions of the Trib and Post Gazette and found some fun stuff.
Check this story out..
It is about Pens investor Ron Burkle. We started noticing his name when he went to KC with Mario.
I had no idea about this guy, but whats even more stunning about this is that this is actually a decent read by Shelly Anderson.
"Burkle is a college dropout who parlayed some early stock-market success into a grocery-store empire and has branched out from there."
The Penguins ownership is made out of a bunch of guys who didn't even go to college.
Excuse me for a second, I have to go mail my student loan payment. I may need to get involved in the stock market.
Moving on. This Burkle is beyond interesting.
- He has tried to buy the Tribune Company, which owns the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune newspapers.
- He is an investor with the apparel company of hip-hop producer Sean "Diddy" Combs.
- He's an art collector.
- He's a philanthropist, giving millions to Ronald McDonald House, DARE and other charities, and co-chairing the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA.
- After the Rodney King riots of 1992, Burkle joined the board of Rebuild L.A., but didn't want credit.
Some more interesting points of Burkle:
In April 2006, Ron Burkle accused New York Post columnist Jared Paul Stern of attempting to extort money from him in exchange for more favorable Page Six coverage. Page Six, a popular and influential gossip column in the New York Post, appears to have increased their coverage of Burkle's private life over the past year. Ron Burkle secretly videotaped several private meetings between him and Jared Paul Stern, and has since presented the tapes to the FBI. During the meetings, Stern allegedly asked Burkle for $220,000 in exchange for better Page Six coverage. Stern and Page Six are currently under investigation by the FBI.- Wikipedia.org.
This guy is great. He is really, really into the whole video surveillance thing.
And check this out. Apparently Ron went through a horribly messy divorce.
"Janet Burkle, meanwhile, says Ron Burkle has harassed her by conducting intrusive surveillance of her and her then-boyfriend."
Basically this guy needs to be more involved in the team. He is a "swimfan" (a term coined by my good friend Todd Lewis, referring to the movie Swim Fan. It is basically when someone stalks someone. If you didn't see the movie, move on.)
Some more tidbits...
- One of his best friends is Bill Clinton.
- My husband cannot tolerate losing--anything!" -Janet Burkle
And if all this wasn't stunning, maybe this will be: Bob Smizik does a nice little follow up column on this Burkle, and I think I agree with him.
Ron Burkle is worth $2.5 billion. Mark Cuban $2.3. So we really should stop searching for Cuban to save the Pens because Burkle is worth more.
And let me get this straight -- he invested 100 million dollars with P. Diddy, but can't spend some cash to build a new arena? I don't understand?
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