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Donald Bren

Chairman, Irvine Company
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Net worth 2018: $16.27 Billion
Industry: Real Estate
Residence: Newport Beach, California
Country: United States
BirthDay: 11 May 1932
Sigh: Gemini
Children: 7
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Washington

Donald Bren was bornon 11 May 1932 in Newport Beach, California, United States, is Chairman, Irvine Company. Donald Bren is #84 in List Billionaires People In The World. Donald Bren is the country's richest real-estate developer. His Irvine Co. owns over 115 million square feet of real estate, mostly in Southern California. His empire includes 500 office buildings, 40-plus shopping centers and nearly 60,000 apartments. Bren attended the University of Washington on a skiing scholarship and spent 3 years in the Marines.


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2 billion, making him number 66 on the 2017 Forbes 400 list


” Forbes, in its 2015 edition of, "The 400 Richest Americans", ranked Bren as the wealthiest real estate developer in the US and 30th "Richest American" with an estimated net worth of $15


" In 2014 he was named on OC Register's list of the 100 most influential people in Orange County


In 2011 the Urban Land Institute awarded Bren its first Vanguard Award, calling him "one of the most consequential developers in American history


Recently, Bren completed his pledge to set aside more than 50,000 acres of the original 93,000 acre ranch as open space by designating 20,000 acres (81 km2) to Orange County, California, as an open-space and parklands gift in June 2010


”In March 2009, he was ranked 9th in The (London) Sunday Times' "Green Rich List"—a list of the 100 wealthiest people who have either invested in green technology/businesses or made large contributions to environmental causes


” In 2008, the state of California also designated the land as the first California Natural Landmark because of the land’s ecological value


He was elected a Fellow with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2007 in the category of Business, Corporate and Philanthropic Leadership


" In 2006 the Los Angeles Times named Bren as both the most powerful and wealthiest person in Southern California, and the Orange County Business Journal named him “Businessperson of the Year” based on the company’s office expansion, new building construction, and Bren being recognized for his conservation efforts by the federal government


" OC Weekly described Bren in 2005 as "one of the nation's least public billionaires", who guards his privacy "jealously"


In 2004 Bren received the University of California Presidential Medal, the University’s highest honor, because of his financial support throughout the years which at the time was more than $43 million


The Foundation also presented Bren with its most prestigious award in 2003, the General Leonard F


Bren first donated to this organization in 2001 with a contribution that helped the after-school program expand its services to 40 schools in the Santa Ana district


This contribution is in addition to the $25 million that Bren provided to Irvine schools in 2000


”In 1998, Bren received the Marine Corps University Foundation’s Semper Fidelis Award, which recognizes a distinguished American leader whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps


By 1996, he had bought out all outstanding shares to become the sole owner


By 1983, he was the majority owner of the firm and was elected chairman of the board


Bren took the proceeds and in 1977 joined a group of investors to purchase the 146-year-old Irvine Company


for $34 million in 1970, and then sold it back to Bren for $22 million in 1972 following the recession


He began his business career in 1958 when he founded the Bren Company, which built homes in Orange County, California


He tried out for the 1956 Olympic ski team but did not qualify following an injury


His mother remarried in 1953 to steel business man Earle M


Bren's father remarried in 1948 to Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor


Donald Leroy Bren (born May 11, 1932) is an American businessman who is Chairman and sole owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate investment company


Chapman Medallion named in honor of the 24th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps

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