Philip J. Levin

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Philip J. Levin
Born c. 1909
New York, New York, U.S.
Died (1971-08-03)August 3, 1971 (aged 62)
New York, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Occupation Real estate developer
Spouse(s) Janice H. Levin
Children Adam Levin
Catherine Levin
Susan L. Tepper
Relatives Arielle Tepper Madover (granddaughter)

Philip J. Levin (c. 1909 – August 3, 1971) was an American real estate developer of shopping malls and the majority shareholder of the movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Early life[edit]

Philip J. Levin was born circa 1909 in New York City.[1]


A real estate developer, he built many shopping malls all over the United States, including Maine, Florida and California.[1][2]

He was the majority shareholder of the movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1960s.[2] In 1967, he tried to fire its President, Robert O'Brien.[3] He later sold his stake to Edgar Bronfman, Sr..[4]

In 1970, he became the head of the Gulf & Western Land Development company, including its subsidiary Chicago Thoroughbred Enterprises, which owned the Arlington Park and Washington Park Race Track.[1][5] He was also an investor in casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1] Additionally, he served as the President of Madison Square Garden.[6][7]

He was a donor to the Republican Party in Illinois.[1][5]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Janice H. Levin, a philanthropist and art collector. Their granddaughter, Arielle Tepper Madover, is a Broadway producer.[6]


He died of a heart attack on August 3, 1971 at The Pierre hotel in Manhattan.[1][2] He was sixty-two years old.[1] His funeral took place on August 5, 1971 in Plainfield, New Jersey.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Powers, Thomas (August 4, 1971). "Philip J. Levin, Racing Probe Figure, Dies at 62" (scan). The Chicago Tribune. pp. 1–2. Retrieved July 13, 2015. open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b c Milestones, Time, August 16, 1971 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Jerry W. Markham, A Financial History of Modern U.S. Corporate Scandals: From Enron to Reform, Routledge, 2015, p. 272 [1]
  4. ^ Isadore Barmash, Welcome to Our Conglomerate--you're Fired!, Beard Books, 1971, p. 150 [2]
  5. ^ a b Taylor Pensoneau, Governor Richard Ogilvie: In the Interest of the State, Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, p. 245 [3]
  6. ^ a b Jesse McKinley, Arielle Tepper and Ian Madover, The New York Times, February 12, 2006
  7. ^ a b Philip J. Service Set in New Jersey, The Chicago Tribune, August 5, 1971