DigitalBridge

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DigitalBridge Group, Inc.
FormerlyColony Capital (1991–2017)
TypePublic company
IndustryInvestment
Digital infrastructure
Founded1991; 31 years ago (1991)
HeadquartersBoca Raton, Florida, U.S.
Key people
Marc Ganzi, President & CEO
Ben Jenkins, CIO
Tom Barrack, Founder
ProductsTowers, Data centers, Small cells, Fiber, Edge infrastructure, Investment management, Digital operating
Websitedigitalbridge.com

DigitalBridge Group, Inc. is a global digital infrastructure investment firm. The company owns, invests in and operates businesses such as cell towers, data centers, fiber, small cells, and edge infrastructure. Headquartered in Boca Raton, DigitalBridge has key offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Singapore.

In 2010, DigitalBridge, then still Colony Capital, was reported to manage about $30 billion in investments.[1] In 2011, DigitalBridge was tied for 3rd largest private equity real estate fund in the world, behind Blackstone Group and Morgan Stanley Real Estate.[2]

History[edit]

Early investments[edit]

Colony purchased Raffles International on July 18, 2005. This included the 41 hotels and resorts operated under the Raffles Hotel and Swissotel brand names. On January 30, 2006, it acquired Fairmont Hotels and Resorts of Toronto, Ontario with Kingdom Hotels International as a joint partner for US$3.24 billion.[citation needed] On April 10, 2006, it acquired French professional football team Paris Saint-Germain.[3]

On February 25, 2007, it signed a definitive agreement to take Station Casinos private in a 75%/25% split with members of the founding Fertitta family for US$5.5 billion, or US$90/share. The subsequent economic downturn caused Station Casinos to declare bankruptcy in 2009, and when it emerged in 2011 Colony Capital owned a much smaller portion after providing more cash.[4][5][6] Founder, Chairman, and CEO Thomas Barrack said it "could have been the worst investment ever" in terms of timing.[7]

On November 11, 2008, Michael Jackson transferred the title of his 2,700 acre[1] estate Neverland Ranch to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC, a joint venture between Jackson (represented by attorney, L. Londell McMillan) and an affiliate of Colony Capital.[8][9][10][11] It is still unclear whether Colony Capital has a part in the property.[12] Jackson earned a total of US$35 million when he agreed to the joint venture between himself and Colony Capital.[13][14]

In March 2010, Colony arranged a financing and marketing package for Annie Leibovitz. The New York celebrity photographer had been in financial difficulty and in danger of losing to her previous lender, ArtCapital, the rights to her photographs and negatives and her three Greenwich Village townhouses. ArtCapital's credit was for $24 million.[1] In December 2010, Colony purchased Miramax from Disney with Qatar Investment Authority, Tutor-Saliba Corporation and The Weinstein Company as part of a joint venture called Filmyard Holdings for $663 million.[15][16]

Recent investments[edit]

In April 2022, DigitalBridge bought out Wafra’s stake in its investment management subsidiary for $800 million and switched from REIT to traditional C-Corp. [17]

In January 2017, Colony NorthStar, Inc. (NYSE: CLNS) was formed through a tri-party merger between Colony Capital, Inc. (NYSE:CLNY), NorthStar Asset Management Group Inc. (NYSE:NSAM) and NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. (NYSE:NRF).[18]

In September 2017, Colony NorthStar agreed to sell its Townsend Group unit to Aon for $475 million.[19]

In October 2017, Colony entered discussions to purchase The Weinstein Company, a movie and TV production studio that sustained damage after its co-founder, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment over three decades.[20] In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, in late October 2017, it was reported that Colony Capital LLC had proved hesitant to purchase Weinstein Co. after a week of exclusive negotiations. Fortress Investment Group was also in talks to provide a loan to Weinstein Co.[21]

In June 2018, The New York Times reported that Colony North Star had raised more than $7 billion in investments since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.[22] 24 percent of the money came from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.[22]

Leadership[edit]

Senior Executives[edit]

  • Marc Ganzi - Chief Executive Officer
  • Ronald M. Sanders - Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary
  • Ben Jenkins - President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Jacky Wu - Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Private equity firm snaps up chance to help Leibovitz put house in order" by Henny Sender, Financial Times, March 9, 2010 02:00, Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  2. ^ Perenews.com Archived 2011-06-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Paris Saint-Germain changes hands". bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Station Casino Family to Remain in Control". The Wall Street Journal. August 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Weinberger, Evan. "Lenders, Colony Capital To Acquire Station Casinos - Law360". www.law360.com. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  6. ^ Jinks, Beth; Church, Steven (June 17, 2011). "Station Casinos Exits Bankruptcy After Almost Two Years in Chapter 11". Bloomberg.
  7. ^ Perenews.com
  8. ^ Taletela.com, Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch is sold Archived July 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Neverland May Be Jacko's Ticket to Vegas". TMZ. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  10. ^ Ukpress.google.com, Jacko gives up Neverland ranch deed Archived December 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ News.yahoo.com, Michael Jackson gives Neverland to corporation
  12. ^ Sbcvote.com Archived 2016-06-11 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity News, Celebrity Gossip | E! News". E! Online. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  14. ^ "Neverland peters out for pop's Peter Pan". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  15. ^ Ben Fritz (December 6, 2010). "The Business Behind the Show". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ Claudia Eller (December 3, 2010). "The Business Behind the Show". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ "DigitalBridge buys out Wafra's stake in its investment management subsidiary for $800 million". datacenterdynamics.com. Data Center Dynamics. 20 April 2022.
  18. ^ "Document".
  19. ^ Roumeliotis, Greg. "Aon to buy real estate investment firm Townsend from Colony NorthStar". Reuters. No. 1 Sept 2017. Reuters. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  20. ^ Roumeliotis, Greg (16 October 2017). "Colony Capital in talks to buy Weinstein Co". reuters.com. Reuters. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  21. ^ Fritz, Ben (October 25, 2017). "Colony Capital's Talks to Acquire Weinstein Co. Hit Snag". The Wall Street Journal. New York City, United States. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Who Is Behind Trump's Links to Arab Princes? A Billionaire Friend". Retrieved 2018-06-13.