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David Geffen

Business Magnate, Producer, Film Studio Executive & Philanthropist

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 David Geffen Biography

Widely regarded as the wealthiest man in the American entertainment industry, the ‘Boy from Brooklyn’ turned millionaire by the time he was 25. After dropping out of the University of Texas, Geffen took a job at the William Morris Talent Agency and soon became a music agent. He cofounded Asylum Records in 1970 where he cultivated his knack for spotting new talent and emerging trends in the entertainment industry.

Asylum became one of the most sensational success stories in the music business. It signed the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Tom Waits. Even Bob Dylan released two of his albums on Asylum. When Geffen sold Asylum Records to Warner Bros. in 1975 for $7 million, it was one of the largest music deals at that time. After an absence of almost four years that was actuated by a mistaken diagnosis of cancer, Geffen returned to his beloved music industry with a bang and founded Geffen Records in 1980. After the conclusion of a six-year contract, he sold his recording label to the Music Corporation of America for $6.13 million plus $50 million in stock options.

Through the Geffen Film Company, Geffen produced dark-tinged comedies such as (the 1986 version of) Little Shop of Horrors, Risky Business and Beetlejuice. Geffen was the Broadway backer for the musicals Dreamgirls and Cats. In 1994, Geffen co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. In 2008, Geffen left DreamWorks.

Geffen, who is single and openly gay, is also a noted art collector.

He owns one of the finest collections of postwar American art in the world that include valuable pieces by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Of late, Geffen has enhanced his reputation as a prominent philanthropist. In 2002, the School of Medicine at the UCLA became the David Geffen School of Medicine after he donated $200 million; the largest gift in the history of the university.

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Business Magnate, Producer, Film Studio Executive & Philanthropist

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David Geffen Biography

Widely regarded as the wealthiest man in the American entertainment industry, the ‘Boy from Brooklyn’ turned millionaire by the time he was 25. After dropping out of the University of Texas, Geffen took a job at the William Morris Talent Agency and soon became a music agent. He cofounded Asylum Records in 1970 where he cultivated his knack for spotting new talent and emerging trends in the entertainment industry.

Asylum became one of the most sensational success stories in the music business. It signed the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Tom Waits. Even Bob Dylan released two of his albums on Asylum. When Geffen sold Asylum Records to Warner Bros. in 1975 for $7 million, it was one of the largest music deals at that time. After an absence of almost four years that was actuated by a mistaken diagnosis of cancer, Geffen returned to his beloved music industry with a bang and founded Geffen Records in 1980. After the conclusion of a six-year contract, he sold his recording label to the Music Corporation of America for $6.13 million plus $50 million in stock options.

Through the Geffen Film Company, Geffen produced dark-tinged comedies such as (the 1986 version of) Little Shop of Horrors, Risky Business and Beetlejuice. Geffen was the Broadway backer for the musicals Dreamgirls and Cats. In 1994, Geffen co-founded the DreamWorks SKG studio with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. In 2008, Geffen left DreamWorks.

Geffen, who is single and openly gay, is also a noted art collector.

He owns one of the finest collections of postwar American art in the world that include valuable pieces by Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Of late, Geffen has enhanced his reputation as a prominent philanthropist. In 2002, the School of Medicine at the UCLA became the David Geffen School of Medicine after he donated $200 million; the largest gift in the history of the university.

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  • David Geffen in Three Words | American Masters - YouTube
  • 18 SECONDS SOUND OF WISDOM BY DAVID GEFFEN: IMAGINE ...

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  • How to book David Geffen?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Geffen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for David Geffen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Geffen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David Geffen?

    Booking fees for David Geffen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Geffen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David Geffen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Geffen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Geffen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Geffen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Geffen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David Geffen is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David Geffen for your event is available upon request. David Geffen generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Barry Diller, Steven Spielberg, Mark Zuckerberg, J.J. Abrams and Rob Reiner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Geffen for an upcoming event.

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  • David Geffen in Three Words | American Masters - YouTube
    18 SECONDS SOUND OF WISDOM BY DAVID GEFFEN: IMAGINE ...

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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