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Eli Broad is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist who built KB Home and SunAmerica

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BirthdayJune 6, 1933
NationalityAmerican
FamousEntrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Philanthropists, Michigan State University, Business People
SpousesEdythe L. Broad
Known asEli L. Broad
Universities
  • Michigan State University
  • 1954 - Michigan State University
  • Central High School
Notable Alumnis
  • Michigan State University
Founder / Co-Founder
  • The Broad Foundation
  • SunAmerica Focused Alpha Growth Fund Inc
  • KB Home
  • Kaufman & Broad S.A.
  • The Broad
Birth PlaceDetroit
GenderMale
FatherLeon Broad
MotherRita Broad
Net Worth$7.7 billion as of Jun 28,2017
Sun SignGemini
Born inDetroit
Famous asEntrepreneur & Philanthropist

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Who is Eli Broad?

Eli Broad is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist who built KB Home, a homebuilding company, and SunAmerica, an insurance corporation, becoming the only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in different industries. Famous for his unconventional ways of conducting business, he has cultivated an image for being “completely unreasonable”. He credits his unreasonable ways for his phenomenal success which he believes he never would have achieved had he chosen to stick with the accepted conventions in business. Born to Lithuanian Jewish immigrant parents in the United States, he was raised in a middle-class home. In spite of his modest upbringing, he harbored ambitious dreams from a young age. A good student, he graduated from Detroit Central High School and went on to study accountancy and economics at the Michigan State University. He had to work very hard to provide for himself while still studying and worked at a number of odd jobs to make ends meet. After working for a couple of years he decided to open his own business and teamed up with a relative to start KB Home which proved to be a highly successful venture. Encouraged by its success, Broad acquired Sun Life Insurance Company of America and transformed it into SunAmerica. More recently he has been devoting more time and energy to philanthropic efforts along with his wife.

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Childhood & Early Life

Eli Broad was born on June 6, 1933, in Bronx, New York City, U.S, to Lithuanian Jewish immigrant parents as their only child. His family was of modest means—his father worked as a house painter, and his mother worked as a dressmaker. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan when Eli was six years old.

He attended Detroit Central High School and graduated in 1951. He moved on to the Michigan State University, majoring in accounting with a minor in economics. He graduated cum laude in 1954. As a college student he worked at a variety of jobs which included selling women’s footwear and working as a drill press operator at Packard Motor. He also acquired the credentials of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Career

He started working as an accountant upon the completion of his studies. He also taught night classes at the Detroit Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of accounting in 1956.

After working as an accountant for a while he decided to open his own business—an accounting firm. A relative from his wife’s side, Donald Kaufman, offered him office space and in return Broad promised to do the accounting work at Kaufman’s real estate firm.

Broad and Kaufman got along well and they decided to team up and build homes together in 1957. Broad borrowed some money from his wife’s parents to contribute towards his share of the capital investment and the duo founded the homebuilding company Kaufman & Broad (later shortened to KB Home).

Broad was responsible for land acquisition and materials while Kaufman handled the design. The company soon became successful, designing and building affordable homes for primarily first-time house buyers. Their designs were innovative and cost effective, and within two years Kaufman & Broad had built 600 homes in the Detroit suburbs.

In 1962, the company expanded to Arizona, and a year later to California. Their growing success propelled them to venture into international markets and in 1967 they became the first U.S. homebuilder to expand into France.

Broad acquired Sun Life Insurance Company of America, a family-owned insurance company, in 1971. He transformed Sun Life into SunAmerica and built it into a Fortune 500 company which he sold to the American International Group (AIG) for $18 billion in 1999. He continued as CEO of SunAmerica until 2000.

Major Works

Along with Donald Kaufman, Eli Broad founded the homebuilding company Kaufman & Broad in Detroit which has since built over 550,000 homes. The company was a Fortune 500 company from 2000 through 2008 and was named "Most Admired Homebuilder" by ‘Fortune Magazine’ in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Awards & Achievements

He was named Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the Republic of France in 1994.

He received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007.

In 2009, he was honored with the David Rockefeller Award by the Museum of Modern Art.

Personal Life & Legacy

He met and fell in love with Edythe "Edye" Lawson while both were at the Michigan State University. The couple got married in 1954 and had two children. They have been happily married for over six decades now.

Philanthropic Works

Eli Broad, along with his wife Edythe created the Broad Foundations –which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation—to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts.

The Broad Foundation’s major education initiatives include the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education. The Broad Prize has awarded $12 million in college scholarships to high school seniors since 2002.

Eli Broad is a life trustee of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, to which The Broad Foundation gave a $30 million challenge grant in December 2008.

The Broads are members of "The Giving Pledge" and have personally committed to give 75 % of their wealth away.

Net Worth

As of 2015, Eli Broad has an estimated net worth of US$7.1 billion.

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Eli Broad biography timelines

  • // 6th Jun 1933
    Eli Broad was born on June 6, 1933, in Bronx, New York City, U.S, to Lithuanian Jewish immigrant parents as their only child. His family was of modest means—his father worked as a house painter, and his mother worked as a dressmaker. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan when Eli was six years old.
  • // 1951 To 1954
    He attended Detroit Central High School and graduated in 1951. He moved on to the Michigan State University, majoring in accounting with a minor in economics. He graduated cum laude in 1954. As a college student he worked at a variety of jobs which included selling women’s footwear and working as a drill press operator at Packard Motor. He also acquired the credentials of Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • // 1954
    He met and fell in love with Edythe "Edye" Lawson while both were at the Michigan State University. The couple got married in 1954 and had two children. They have been happily married for over six decades now.
  • // 1956
    He started working as an accountant upon the completion of his studies. He also taught night classes at the Detroit Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of accounting in 1956.
  • // 1957
    Broad and Kaufman got along well and they decided to team up and build homes together in 1957. Broad borrowed some money from his wife’s parents to contribute towards his share of the capital investment and the duo founded the homebuilding company Kaufman & Broad (later shortened to KB Home).
  • // 1962 To 1967
    In 1962, the company expanded to Arizona, and a year later to California. Their growing success propelled them to venture into international markets and in 1967 they became the first U.S. homebuilder to expand into France.
  • // 1971 To 2000
    Broad acquired Sun Life Insurance Company of America, a family-owned insurance company, in 1971. He transformed Sun Life into SunAmerica and built it into a Fortune 500 company which he sold to the American International Group (AIG) for $18 billion in 1999. He continued as CEO of SunAmerica until 2000.
  • // 1994
    He was named Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the Republic of France in 1994.
  • // 2000 To 2011
    Along with Donald Kaufman, Eli Broad founded the homebuilding company Kaufman & Broad in Detroit which has since built over 550,000 homes. The company was a Fortune 500 company from 2000 through 2008 and was named "Most Admired Homebuilder" by ‘Fortune Magazine’ in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011.
  • // 2002
    The Broad Foundation’s major education initiatives include the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education. The Broad Prize has awarded $12 million in college scholarships to high school seniors since 2002.
  • // 2007
    He received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2007.
  • // Dec 2008
    Eli Broad is a life trustee of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, to which The Broad Foundation gave a $30 million challenge grant in December 2008.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he was honored with the David Rockefeller Award by the Museum of Modern Art.
  • // 2015
    As of 2015, Eli Broad has an estimated net worth of US$7.1 billion.

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  • What is Eli Broad birthday?

    Eli Broad was born at 1933-06-06

  • Where is Eli Broad's birth place?

    Eli Broad was born in Detroit

  • What is Eli Broad nationalities?

    Eli Broad's nationalities is American

  • Who is Eli Broad spouses?

    Eli Broad's spouses is Edythe L. Broad

  • What was Eli Broad universities?

    Eli Broad studied at Michigan State University, 1954 - Michigan State University, Central High School

  • What was Eli Broad notable alumnis?

    Eli Broad's notable alumnis is Michigan State University

  • Which company or organization was founded by Eli Broad?

    Eli Broad was the founder/co-founder of The Broad Foundation, SunAmerica Focused Alpha Growth Fund Inc, KB Home, Kaufman & Broad S.A., The Broad

  • Who is Eli Broad's father?

    Eli Broad's father is Leon Broad

  • Who is Eli Broad's mother?

    Eli Broad's mother is Rita Broad

  • What is Eli Broad's sun sign?

    Eli Broad is Gemini

  • How famous is Eli Broad?

    Eli Broad is famouse as Entrepreneur & Philanthropist