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OC 50 The Owners

HENRY SAMUELI

Chief Technical Officer

Broadcom

Irvine

Born in Buffalo, N.Y.

Age: 64

SUSAN SAMUELI

Co-Founder

Samueli Foundation

Corona del Mar

Born in San Fernando Valley

Age: 68

The couple lives in Corona del Mar

WHY: Owns Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club LLC and company that runs Honda Center. One of OC’s biggest philanthropists, funding huge medical campus expansion at University of California-Irvine. Henry is chief technical officer of Broadcom, world’s fourth-largest chipmaker with revenues of $20.8 billion in fiscal 2018.

HOW: Former University of California-Los Angeles professor. Worked at PairGain, TRW in 1980s. Started Broadcom in 1991 with Henry Nicholas, who left in 2003. Each threw in $5,000. Started recruiting best engineering students from UCLA and elsewhere. One of few Broadcom executive to retain role after $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies in 2016. Heads tech strategic direction but no longer face of company. Keeps low profile. Bought the Ducks in 2005 for about $75 million.

RECENT: Going all-in in the Platinum Triangle. New lease with city for Honda Center will keep team in Anaheim for the long term. Family now owns or controls more than 75 acres to the immediate east of the Orange (57) Freeway near Honda Center, running north from ARTIC to Ball Road. Has spent nearly $200 million to assemble sites over the past year or two, according to property records. Major mixed-use redevelopment expected, plans likely a year or so away from being unveiled.

FAST FACT: Family fortune estimated by Business Journal at around $4 billion. Henry recently learned to ice skate, in time for opening of $110 million Irvine practice facility this year.

QUOTABLE: “When kids get on the ice and see how much fun it is, when they grow up they are hockey fans,” said Henry at March opening of Irvine’s Great Park Ice facility, which the Samuelis helped fund.

PERSONAL: The Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at UCI being funded through $200 million family gifts, one of largest ever for a public university. UCLA, UCI have engineering schools named after Henry. Other beneficiaries: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, OC High School of the Arts, PBS SoCal, Discovery Science Center, Tarbut V’Torah Day School, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Ocean Institute, Jewish Federation of OC, Shoah Foundation, University Synagogue. Couple has three children.

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