Ron Burkle
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United States


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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Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Acquires Stake in Steinberg Sports and Entertainment Agency (EXCLUSIVE)

Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Acquires Stake in Steinberg Sports and Entertainment Agency (EXCLUSIVE)

Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies has taken a significant equity stake in Steinberg Sports and Entertainment, the athlete representation and marketing firm headed by superagents Leigh Steinberg and Chris Cabott.Steinberg Sports intends to use the resources from Yucaipa to expand the scope of its content production as well as its marketing operations and business development initiatives. The goal is for Steinberg Sports to tap into Yucaipa's network of companies to fuel additional growth. Steinberg and Cabott will remain chairman and CEO,...


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