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Donald Bren Net Worth 2023

Donald Bren net worth

Donald Bren net worth 2023: Donald Leroy Bren  is an American businessman who is chairman and owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate development company.


Donald Bren net worth 2023 is $17 billion making him one of the richest businessmen in the world.

Early life and education

Bren is the son of Marion (Newbert) and Milton Bren. His father Milton was a naval officer, talent agent, and successful movie producer while his mother Marion was a prominent civic leader.


His mother was of partial Irish descent while his father was of Jewish descent. His parents divorced in 1948. Bren’s father remarried in 1948 to Academy Award-winning actress Claire Trevor. His mother remarried in 1953 to steel business man Earle M. Jorgensen.


Bren graduated from the University of Washington where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. He tried out for the 1956 Olympic ski team but did not qualify following an injury. After college, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Business career

Bren built his first house in Newport Beach with a $10,000 loan in 1958. He began his business career in 1958 when he founded the Bren Company, which built homes in Orange County, California. In 1963, he and two others started the Mission Viejo Company (MVC) and purchased 10,000 acres to plan and develop the city of Mission Viejo, California.

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Bren was President of MVC from 1963 to 1967. International Paper bought the Bren Co. for $34 million in 1970, then sold it back to Bren for $22 million in 1972 following the recession.

Donald Bren net worth

 Bren took the proceeds and in 1977 joined a group of investors to purchase the 146-year-old Irvine Company.

Bren was the largest shareholder of the resulting consortium, owning 34.3% of the company and received the title of Vice-chair of the board.


 By 1983, he was the majority owner of the firm and was elected chairman of the board. By 1996, he had bought out all outstanding shares to become the sole owner.

Donald Bren Net Worth

Donald Bren net worth 2023 is $17 billion making him the richest real estate developer in America. It is believed that the Irvine Company owns more than 120,000,000 ft.² of real estate – the majority of which is located in Southern California. The company’s holdings include several hotels, marinas, golf courses, 550 office buildings, 125 apartment complexes and more than 40 shopping centers. He currently owns a 97% stake in the Met Life building in Manhattan.



In 2008, BusinessWeek named Bren one of the top ten philanthropists in the nation, with his contributions to various causes such as education, conservation and research among other areas exceeding $1 billion.

In 2010, Bren was honored with the National Philanthropy Day of Orange County “Donald Bren Legacy of Giving Award.” At the time Bren spoke about his work in philanthropy, saying that “I do try to bring the same level of attention to both my philanthropic and business ventures.”


Bren has donated more than $200 million to support programs in K-12 public schools and higher education institutions in Southern California.


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Many of Bren’s contributions have benefited universities in California, including the University of California, Irvine, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Chapman University. At the University of California, Bren “has contributed more to support endowed chairs than any other single donor in UC’s history.”

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Awards and honors

In 1998, Bren received the Marine Corps University Foundation’s Semper Fidelis Award, which recognizes a distinguished American leader whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps. Past award recipients include former President George H.W. Bush and former Secretary of State George P. Schultz.

In 2004 Bren received the University of California Presidential Medal, the University’s highest honor, because of his financial support throughout the years which at the time was more than $43 million

In 2006 the Los Angeles Times named Bren as both the most powerful and wealthiest person in Southern California

In 2011 the Urban Land Institute awarded Bren its first Vanguard Award, calling him “one of the most consequential developers in American history.”

In 2014 he was named on OC Register’s list of the 100 most influential people in Orange County.


Bren is a supporter of Republicans. He backed Pete Wilson’s Senate and gubernatorial campaigns. He has also long supported Democrat Dianne Feinstein, whom he calls “a great senator for California.”

How did Donald Bren make his money?

In 1996, Bren became the sole owner, buying out minority shareholders for at least $80 million. In 1977, Bren bought Irvine Company, owner of the Irvine Ranch, along with five other stockholders, including the late-James Irvine’s great-granddaughter, for $337.4 million.

Who is the billionaire of Orange County?

The Business Journal estimates Bren, chairman and sole shareholder of Newport Beach-based Irvine Co., to be worth $17 billion this year, a 1.2% year-over-year increase.

Donald Bren net worth Summary

BornDonald Leroy Bren on May 11, 1932 in Los Angeles California
EducationUniversity of Washington
OccupationChairman of Irvine Company
Known forReal Estate Development
Net worth$17 Billion
Spouse(sDiane Bren
Mardelle Bren (divorced)
Brigitte Muller

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