Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Residence||San Juan Islands, Washington|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California (dropped out)|
|Known for||founder of Oakley, Inc.
founder of RED Digital Cinema
|Net worth|| US $ 2.8 billion
Early life and career
Jannard was born in Los Angeles but was raised in Alhambra, California, the son of a pharmacist, and graduated from Alhambra High School. Jannard attended the USC School of Pharmacy but dropped out to travel the southwestern U.S. on a motorcycle. In 1975, he started a one-man business selling motorcycle parts out of his car at motocross events. He named his company after his dog, Oakley. He began developing his own products: first custom handlebar grips that conformed to the shape of one's hand and later motorcycle goggles, ski goggles, and sunglasses. One model of sunglasses was used by bicycle racer Greg LeMond, raising Oakley's profile. In the 1980s, he restricted the sale of Oakley sunglasses to the Sunglass Hut (although small specialty shops could continue to sell Oakley sunglasses). In 1991, his company had 200 employees. In 1995, the company went public.
He sold Oakley in mid-2007 for over $2 billion.
In 2005 Jannard started RED Digital Cinema. In 2007, RED released the RED ONE which was used to shoot "Wanted", "Ché", "The Informant" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". In 2010, RED released the RED EPIC which was used to shoot "The Amazing Spiderman", "The Hobbit", "Prometheus", "Pirates 4" and "The Great Gatsby" along with many other feature films.
Jannard owns the Fiji islands of Kaibu and Vatu Vara. He also owns a 500-acre island in the San Juan Islands archipelago. In 1999, Jannard purchased two properties in Newport Beach, California, for about $15 million.
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