Sacramento Kings Moving: Ron Burkle Wants to Buy the Kings, Let's Meet the Man
News broke this afternoon that a surprise man, Ron Burkle, is interested in purchasing the Sacramento Kings and keeping the struggling franchise in Sacramento.
This is good news for Sacramento fans. But the question Kings fans immediately began to ask is, who exactly is this Ron (Ronald) Burkle guy?
First and foremost, the billionaire is a co-owner of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pomona native apparently dropped out of college and founded Yucaipa Companies, a private equity company in Los Angeles. He's now a member on the board of KB Home, Yahoo! and Occidental Petroleum Corporation, according to his Wikipedia page.
A quick Google search will let you know that he is also the target of the Gawker network and, apparently, quite the party boy.
The first two Gawker result headlines read: "Book: Ron Burkle Hired Hookers, Paid Paris Hilton for Girl-on-Girl Action" and "Ron Burkle, Billionaire Creep, Owes Bill Clinton Money."
In spite of some of the scathing headlines, he's also been awarded the Los Angeles County Federation Man of the Year and the AFL-CIO Murray Green Meany Kirkland Community Service Award.
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