Donald Bren, a former marine who started a home building company in 1958 with a $10,000 loan and is now worth $12 billion, has endorsed Mitt Romney. Bren, who is chairman of the Irvine Co., hails from southern California and is widely known for his philanthropy.
Orange Co. Register
Updated Oct 30, 2011
By Jonathan Lansner
Orange County billionaire developer Donald Bren thinks Mitt Romney should be the next president.
Irvine Co. Chairman Bren, in a wide-ranging interview about the stats of the economy, said he thought the former Massachusetts governor would best handle both a difficult economy as well as broader national and global issues.
“He’s the most qualified,” Bren says.
Bren — a longtime Republican supporter listed by Forbes as America’s wealthiest real estate mogul with a $12 billion fortune — donated $2,500 to Romney’s campaign in September, according to federal donation records. …
Bren says he admires Romney’s “business acumen, good judgment and temperament” and his business success with the Bain Co. investment house.
Now, that’s a real Golden State endorsement!
Over the span of three decades, Mr. Bren has donated over 50,000 acres of oak-covered canyons and brushlands in southern CA to be used for public parks, greenspace, and recreational wilderness preserves. His most recent gift of land was completed last summer:
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2010
By Scott Kraft
A rugged, 20,000-acre parcel of the original Irvine Ranch — a pristine landscape of steep canyons, native grassland and sycamore woodland that is home to golden eagles, mountain lions and dozens of rare and endangered species of plants and animals — became public property Tuesday in a historic deal with the developer who has sculpted the look of modern suburbia in Southern California.
The open-space land, a gift from Donald Bren and the Irvine Co., was unanimously accepted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, which also approved a long-term plan to manage the natural habitat, designated a National Natural Landmark four years ago. In one swoop, the size of parkland owned by the county grew by more than half.
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Of the 50,000 acres permanently preserved in So. California’s Irvine Ranch (which includes Fremont Canyon, pictured above) nearly 40,000 have been designated as the first-ever CA Natural Landmark (CNL). “This designation validates the conservation efforts that will keep this land special for generations to come.” – Donald Bren, Chairman, Irvine Co.
A wonderful endorsement from a very generous man…
Thank you, Mr. Bren!
► Jayde Wyatt