Richard Ziman

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Richard Ziman
Born 1942 (age 71–72)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Residence Beverly Hills
Alma mater University of Southern California
Title Chairman of Rexford Industrial
Political party
Board member of
Council of Entrepreneurs, UCLA Anderson School of Management, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, City of Hope incorporated, American Value Partners Advisors , LLC, Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California at Berkeley, Real Estate Institute of New York University, Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Los Angeles Real Estate & Construction Industries, National Board of Directors, American Friends of The Hebrew University, Los Angeles Arts Council
Spouse(s) May Ziman
Children two children plus two from a previous marriage

Richard Ziman serves as Rexford Industrial's Chairman and on our Board of Directors since July 2013. Mr. Ziman has served as the Co-Founder, Chairman and Director of it's predecessor business since its inception in December 2001. Mr. Ziman’s industrial real estate experience comprises over forty years of industrial real estate investment experience overseeing his personal, family and foundation-related investments in Southern California as well as having co-founded and served as Chairman of the management companies that we will acquire as part of the formation transactions. Mr. Ziman’s overall commercial real estate experience also includes his role as the founding Chairman and CEO of Arden Realty, the largest owner of commercial office real estate in Southern California. Mr. Ziman served as Arden’s Chairman of the Board and CEO from its inception in 1990 until its sale in mid-2006 to General Electric Co. in a $4.8 billion transaction involving Arden’s portfolio of twenty million square feet in more than 200 office buildings. Arden was publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol “ARI.” In 2006, Mr. Ziman also co-founded AVP Advisors, LLC and AVP Capital, LLC, the exclusive advisor to American Value Partners, a real estate fund of funds deploying capital on behalf of pension funds throughout the United States. In 1979, Mr. Ziman formed Pacific Financial Group, a diversified real estate investment and development firm, of which he was Managing General Partner. Mr. Ziman also serves on the boards of directors of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and The Gilbert Collection Trust. In 2001, Mr. Ziman established and endowed the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Ziman has held many significant leadership positions in the cultural, educational and social services life of Southern California.

Early life[edit]

Ziman received his Bachelor’s Degree and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Southern California and practiced law as a partner of the law firm Loeb & Loeb from 1971 to 1980, specializing in transactional and financial aspects of real estate.

Arden Realty[edit]

In 1989, he sold off his portfolio of Southern California real estate just before the market crash. Between 1989 and 1990, he sold 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2) of property in 19 months.[1]

In 2001 he helped establish the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Personal life[edit]

He and his ex-wife Daphna Ziman are prominent Democratic Party contributors. In early 2007, he hosted a fundraiser for Joe Biden.[2] In 2008, he raised enough money for Hillary Clinton to earn the Clinton campaign's designation 'Hillraiser'. He contributed $15,000 to a group to help Florida and Michigan seat their Democratic Party primary election delegates.[3]

He enjoys deep sea and fly fishing, occasionally indulging in getaway trips to Cabo San Lucas.[4]


  1. ^ Berry, Kate (January 4, 2005). "Real deals: Richard Ziman's reputation comes from selling at the top of the L.A. property market in 1989 and buying again when things bottomed out". Los Angeles Business Journal. Retrieved 08-04-21. 
  2. ^ David M., Halbfinger (February 6, 2007). "Politicians Are Doing Hollywood Star Turns". New York Times. Retrieved 08-04-21. 
  3. ^ Luo, Michael (08-04-20). "Facing Obama Fund-Raising Juggernaut, Clinton Seeks New Sources of Cash". New York Times. Retrieved 08-04-20. 
  4. ^ Lerner, Michele (May–June 2003). "Richard Ziman California Dreaming". National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Retrieved 08-04-20.