Stanley Gold : biography
Stanley Phillip Gold (born September 10, 1942) is President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, Roy E. Disney's private investment company. He was on the Walt Disney Company's board of directors 1984; 1987–2003. He and Roy resigned to publicly campaign to oust then CEO and Chairman of the Board Michael Eisner.
He also helped oust CEO Ron W. Miller and hire Eisner in 1984.
He has played a leading role at USC (past chairman of the board of trustees) and the University of Southern California Law School, sustained Jewish organizations with both his leadership and treasure, and been a significant political contributor.
Among the artifacts displayed in his study at home are personalized autographs from both Babe Ruth and Stan Musial. He collects Porsche automobiles.
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Education and early life
Gold was born in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in South Los Angeles, near Dorsey High School. The family moved to the Valley when he was a teenager. After graduation from Van Nuys High School, he entered Cal Berkeley. There he dated his future wife, Ilene. He finished his A.B. in political science at U.C.L.A., and in 1967 earned a law degree at University of Southern California. He went to England for post-graduate work at Cambridge University.
He practiced law with Martin Gang at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown law firm 1968–????. For part of that time he was the managing partner. For a number of years, he specialized in corporate acquisitions, sales and financing.
During his business career he served as President of Shamrock Broadcasting, Inc., President and then Chairman of Central Soya Company, Inc., Chairman of Enterra Corporation and Chairman of Koor Industries Ltd. , Chairman of Tadiran Communications, and other companies.
Philanthropy and service
At a banquet honoring U.S. Ambassador John Marshall Evans (4 March 2007) he pledged $100,000 to USC's Institute of Armenian Studies. In 2001, he pledged $500,000 to establish the Martin Gang Scholarship Fund at Hebrew Union College; Roy and Patty Disney pledged an additional $100,000.
Gold was a fund raiser and donor for Ehud Barak's successful campaign in the Israeli prime ministerial election, 1999.
Gold has been a contributor to federal political campaigns for many years, almost exclusively to Democrats, both candidates and organizations (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic National Committee) but also to a few Republicans (such as George W. Bush, Robert Dole, Richard Lugar, Mitt Romney, Arlen Specter, William Weld, Pete Wilson). (The Center for Responsive Politics reports $238,000 for 1993–17 Dec 2008, including a few non-federal contributions. See )
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