Ron Burkle
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United States

Yucaipa Films


Managing Partner

Burkle started in business at 13, stocking shelves at a Pomona, California, grocery store. In 1986, he founded private equity and venture capital firm The Yucaipa Companies, purchasing and investing in middle-market companies and overseeing mergers and leveraged buyouts. Around 2000, Burkle began supporting Hollywood projects as well. He was a major backer for a string of Weinstein brothers films and, venturing into music, picked up concert-booking agency Artist Group International in 2012. Around then, he also bet big on Relativity Media Group, eventually becoming one of the few investors who didn’t lose money. After the downfall of Harvey Weinstein, he made a failed bid for the Weinstein Company. An architecture buff, Burkle is known for buying and selling storied properties.


  • Three Lions Entertainment
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Wild Oats Markets


  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Billionaire Ron Burkle Officially Lists Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House

Billionaire Ron Burkle Officially Lists Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House

First floated with flurry of fawning publicity as a not-so-secret, off-market whisper listing several weeks ago, Frank Lloyd Wright’s expensively and comprehensively restored Ennis House in Los Angeles’s Los Feliz neighborhood officially came for sale on the open market today with a sky-high $23 million price tag.Originally constructed with more than 27,000 patterned and perforated decomposed granite blocks, the boldly idiosyncratic, temple-like residence was built by Wright’s architect son Lloyd Wright in 1924 for retailer Charles Ennis and his wife...


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