Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
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1943 – David Geffen was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York, on the 21st of February to Abraham and Batya Geffen. He has an older brother Mitchell. He started in the music business as an agent and quickly became one of the top agents in the industry. He earned a reputation as being the best friend you can have, but also the worst enemy–he had a very long, very public and very nasty feud with super-agent Michael Ovitz.
1976 – Misdiagnosed with bladder cancer, he has since been a major contributor to medical charities and foundations, and has had several buildings named after him such as The Geffen Playhouse and The David Geffen School of Medicine, both at UCLA. He branched out into music publishing, record and film production by founding MCA.
1990 – He sold his company for more than one billion dollars, making him one of the richest people in the entertainment industry. His wealth is estimated to exceed $2.6 billion. He lives in Malibu, near Los Angeles.