Hilton Schlosberg, center

Hilton Schlosberg, center

President, COO, CFO, Monster Beverage

WHY: South African-born billionaire who with Rodney Sacks bought then Anaheim-based Hansen Natural in 1992, turned it into one of country’s better-known energy drink maker with $31B valuation.

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RECENT: Expected purchase of Knobbe Martens 14-story HQ building in Irvine will bring area office investments past $500M; duo’s portfolio ranks among area’s largest for private investors of commercial real estate.

NOTABLE: Sacks and Schlosberg have a 9% and 8.8% ownership stake, respectively, in Monster Beverage.

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