Burkle, estate

Picking the industry's pockets The last time anybody was shaken down as thoroughly as Hollywood was by Democratic candidates and causes this year, Al Capone's boys were running their famous protection racket. All over town hand-helds crashed under the weight of calendars stuffed with fundraising invitations. Ron Burkle hosted so many high-level gatherings that his famous living room looked like a meeting of SAG's Malibu local. It was hard to choose the most glittering venue. Haim Saban's sprawling compound certainly was among them -- and it may have been the only one where you needed GPS to find the ladies room.
Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
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