Eli Broad

Los Angeles, August 28, 2009, The Wall Street Journal — "The unions no longer control the education agenda of the Democratic Party," billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad tells me. I'd say that's debatable. But to the extent it's true, the party has Mr. Broad, a ­self-described moderate Democrat, to thank. The founder of two Fortune 500 companies (real estate giant Kaufman & Broad, now KB Home, and financial service firm SunAmerica, purchased by AIG in 1999) he is devoting his retirement years to philanthropy—primarily K-12 education reform.

April 11, 2009, The Los Angeles Times — It's Eli Broad to the rescue again. This time, the beneficiary of the L.A. philanthropist's largess will be a Juilliard School student training program, which was slated to be eliminated in an upcoming round of budget cuts.

Museums, theaters and operas, already reeling from the recession, are having a tough time attracting support amid perceptions that vital services like soup kitchens and homeless shelters should receive funds first.

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