Russell Weiner

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Russ Weiner
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Russ Weiner (right) with Rod Stewart (left)
Born Russell Goldencloud Weiner
1970
Residence Delray Beach, Florida, US
Nationality American
Education Redwood High School
Alma mater San Diego State University
Occupation Founder, Rockstar energy drink
Net worth $2.2 billion (March 2015)[1]
Parent(s) Michael Savage, and Janet Weiner

Russell Goldencloud "Russ" Weiner (born 1970)[2][3] is an American businessman and political fundraiser.

Early life[edit]

Weiner is the son of Michael Weiner, better known as conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage, and Janet Weiner.

Weiner graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California and graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in political science.[4] He organized events for the Paul Revere Society and worked as a travel consultant.[5]

Career[edit]

He is the creator of the Rockstar energy drink. Weiner is also the founder and CEO of his own company, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2014, he entered the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans at position 249, with an estimated worth of two and a half billion dollars. [6]

Politics[edit]

With his father, he co-founded the Paul Revere Society. In 1998, he ran as a Republican for the 6th district seat in the California State Assembly, receiving an endorsement from the president of the NAACP branch in Oakland, California.[4] In June 1998, Weiner won the Republican primary election by five votes.[7] Among his campaign issues included advocacy for Proposition 227, the ballot initiative eliminating bilingual education in public schools, and protection of old-growth forests. Receiving 13.3% of the vote, Weiner lost to incumbent Democrat Kerry Mazzoni.[8] After he lost the election, election posters depicting him were vandalized in an anti-Semitic manner.[9]

In 2009, Weiner donated $25,000 to the California gubernatorial campaign of Gavin Newsom, who was the Democratic mayor of San Francisco.[10] Newsom returned the donation and Weiner gave it to charity.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Weiner graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California and graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in political science.[4] He organized events for the Paul Revere Society and worked as a travel consultant.[12]

Weiner has also engaged in the real estate industry by buying and selling homes. In 2006, he bought the West Hollywood home of basketball player Carlos Boozer for $10 million.[13] In 2008, he listed his home there for under $3 million (originally nearly $15 million based on replacement costs) and sold it for $8 million in 2009. [14]

Weiner is single and lives in Delray Beach, Florida.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Russ Weiner". Forbes. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Burros, Marian (January 4, 2006). "In Oregon, Thinking Local". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ de la Viña, Mark (July 20, 2003). "The man behind the `Savage Nation'". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on July 25, 2003. 
  4. ^ a b c "Russ Weiner". SmartVoter.org. League of Women Voters. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Other North Bay races". San Francisco Chronicle. May 24, 1998. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Forbes Announces Its 33rd Annual Forbes 400 Ranking Of The Richest Americans; 29 September 2014, Forbes.com, accessed 12 November 2014
  7. ^ "GOP Assembly Nomination Won by 5 Votes". San Francisco Chronicle. June 19, 1998. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Member of the State Assembly; District 6". League of Women Voters. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ Faingold, Noma (November 13, 1998). "Flurry of North Bay anti-Semitic graffiti concerns ADL". JWeekly.com. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ West, Jackson (May 21, 2009). "Michael Savage's Son Donates to Newsom". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Marinucci, Carla (May 22, 2009). "Newsom to return $25,000 contribution from Savage's son". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Other North Bay races". San Francisco Chronicle. May 24, 1998. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ Ryon, Ruth (November 26, 2006). "She's not wedded to the beach". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ Brenoff, Ann (January 24, 2009). "For Beck, Malibu's no longer where it's at". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 9, 2011.