OC’s Wealthiest 2023: Henry Davis



THE MONEY: In 1987, took over family-owned beef supplier business started by grandfather in 1920, and grew it multiple times over. It is now the fifth-largest beef producer in the country, with more than $1.8 billion in annual sales, nearly 1,450 employees, and beef shipments to more than 70 countries around the world, it reports.

THE MEAT: High-end product used by some of the country’s most renowned restaurants, and those in nearly 70 other countries. “Its steaks are served at some of the nation’s top eateries, including Peter Luger, Minetta Tavern and Marea in New York City, French Laundry in Napa Valley, Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses and Wolfgang Puck restaurants,” noted a 2017 Forbes profile.

THE HOME: About three years ago, Davis snapped up an oceanfront home in Emerald Bay for $21 million, according to residential real estate trade industry reports. Has a larger, primary residence in Nebraska and is reported to be one of that state’s wealthiest residents.

PHILANTHROPY: In 2020, was cited by The Orange County Museum of Art as one of its lead donors for its new home at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Last year, his company announced it would be donating enough beef to the people of Ukraine to feed more than 270,000 people. “We live in a country where freedom and opportunity enable us to produce the finest beef and for our employees to provide for their families,” Davis said. “It is a natural extension of our company’s mission to help Ukrainians fight for those same opportunities in their own country.”

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