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Volume 22 No. 18
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‘Who wouldn’t want to join’

LAFC has leaned heavily on its expansive and experienced ownership group through its four-year buildup.

Each Friday at 9:30 a.m., LAFC’s ownership group comes together to talk about the progress of the club. On one particular day as they all filed into a conference room, a guest was announced — Tony Robbins, one of the club’s co-owners.

 

Robbins spent much of the next 20 or so minutes doing what he does best — lifting spirts and motivating people in a way that few others are known for.

 

As Robbins wrapped up, Tom Penn leaned over to fellow co-owner Peter Guber and asked if he’d like to add anything.

 

“Peter said, ‘I’m not f------ following that,’” recalled Larry Freedman, the club’s chief business officer who has worked with Guber on his minor league baseball endeavors. “In the last 12 years, it’s the only time I’ve ever seen Peter speechless.”

 

Moments like that have marked the journey for the team as it has aligned behind a common goal that brought industry titans such as Guber, Robbins and others together behind a crest that has existed for a little over two years.

 

“You look at this management group and it is heady waters; there’s so much passion, so much proven success,” Guber said.

“Who wouldn’t want to join?”

— Ian Thomas

Larry Berg

Lead Managing Owner

Larry Berg

senior partner at Apollo Global Management and chairman of McGraw-Hill Education

Brandon Beck

Co-Managing Owner

Brandon Beck

co-founder of Riot Games

Bennett Rosenthal

Co-Managing Owner

Bennett Rosenthal

co-founder and partner of Ares Management

Peter Guber

Executive Chairman and Owner

Peter Guber

chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group and co-owner Golden State Warriots

Henry Nguyen

Vice Chairman and Owner

Henry Nguyen

managing general partner of private equity firm IDG Ventures Vietname

Ruben Gnanalingam

Director and Owner

Ruben Gnanalingam

CEO of Westports Malaysia and co-owner of Queens Park Rangers

Vincent Tan

Director and Owner

Vincent Tan

Malaysian businessman and majority owner of Cardiff City Football Club

Tom Penn

President and Co-Owner

Tom Penn

ESPN NBA analyst, founder of Sports Leadership Institute and former NBA executive


OWNERS

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

actor and producer

Mia Hamm Garciaparra

Mia Hamm Garciaparra

entrepreneur and former U.S. women's national team player

Nomar Garciaparra

Nomar Garciaparra

former Major League Baseball player

Magic Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

NBA hall of famer and current Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations

Goodwin Gaw

Goodwin Gaw

co-founder and principal of Gaw Capital Partners

Chad Hurley

Chad Hurley

co-founder and former CEO of YoutTube

Tucker Kain

Tucker Kain

Los Angeles Dodgers CFO and managing director at Guggenheim Baseball Management

Kirk Lacob

Kirk Lacob

Golden State Warriors assistant GM and vice president of GSW Sport Ventures

Mitch Lasky

Mitch Lasky

general partner at Benchmark

Mark Leschly

Mark Leschly

managing partner at Iconica Partners and Rho Capital Partners

Mike Mahan

Mike Mahan

Dick Clark Productions president

Marc Merrill

Marc Merrill

co-founder of Riot Games

Irwin Raij

Irwin Raij

co-chair of the sports industry group at O'Melveny

Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins

best-selling author, life coach and entrepreneur

Lon Rosen

Lon Rosen

Los Angeles Dodgers CMO

Paul Schaeffer

Paul Schaeffer

Mandalay Entertainment Group vice chairman/COO

Brandon Schneider

Brandon Schneider

Golden State Warriors vice president

Allen Shapiro

Allen Shapiro

Dick Clark Productions CEO and managing partner of Mosaic Media Investment Partners

Mark Shapiro

Mark Shapiro

WME-IMG co-president

Jason Sugarman

Jason Sugarman

private equity investor

Harry Tsao

Harry Tsao

part-owner of Golden State Warriors and technology investor

Rick Welts

Rick Welts

Golden State Warriors COO and President