- Ron Burkle
Ron Burkle was first introduced to the world of business while working the grocery store that his father managed in Claremont, California. At the age of 34 Ron launched his private equity firm, Yucaipa Companies, which is one of the leading investors in the manufacturing, distribution and retail sectors.
In recent years Burkle has ventured into the technology and social media spheres, investing with partners in up and coming firms such as Airbnb, Foursquare and Flipboard.
Ron Burkle is the founder and chairman of the Ronald W. Burkle Foundation, which he launched in 1997. The Foundation supports projects which strengthen communities, foster global understanding, improve worker’s rights, and help to empower those who are most vulnerable in their societies. The Foundation also seeks to develop arts and architecture, education and scientific pursuits.
An active supporter of the Democratic Party, Ron Burkle helped to raise over $1 million for Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.
Mr. Burkle owns a share in the 2009 Stanley Cup championship hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Ron Burkle was born in Pomona, California in 1952 and graduated from Yucaipa High School, located halfway between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.