Philip Anschutz Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Companies

Philip Anschutz (Philip Frederick Anschutz) is an American billionaire businessman who owns and controls many companies in his businesses,

Philip Anschutz Biography

Philip Anschutz (Philip Frederick Anschutz) is an American billionaire businessman who owns and controls many companies in his businesses, such as energy, railroads, real estate, sports, newspapers, movies, theaters, arenas, and music. He is a philanthropist whose name appears on medical and educational institutions to which he has donated millions.

He has been described as a Christian conservative. In 1961, he bought out his father’s oil drilling company, Circle A Drilling, and earned large returns in Wyoming. He invested in stocks, real estate, and railroads. He expanded his investments to sports and entertainment companies, co-founding Major League Soccer as well as multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

He owns stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Kings, and venues including the Staples Center, The O2, London, and the Dignity Health Sports Park. Through his ownership of Walden Media, he has invested in films such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Ray, and Joshua. Through AEG Live, he owns the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In April 2019, Forbes ranked him the 38th richest person in the U.S., with an estimated net worth of $11.1 billion.

Philip Anschutz Age

Philip Anschutz was born on December 28, 1939, in Russell, Kansas, United States. He is 83 years old as of 2022.

Philip Anschutz Height

Anschutz stands at an estimated height of around 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Philip Anschutz Family

Philip Anschutz was born in Russell, Kansas, United States to Fred Anschutz and Marian Pfister Anschutz. He has an older sister known as Sue Anschutz-Rogers who became a Colorado rancher and philanthropist. His father was an oil tycoon and land investor who invested in ranches in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and eventually went into the oil-drilling business.

Philip Anschutz
Philip Anschutz

His grandfather, Carl Anschutz, was an ethnic German who emigrated from Russia and started the Farmers State Bank in Russell. Anschutz grew up in Russell, Wichita, and Hays, Kansas, where he lived near Bob Dole. In later years, Anschutz contributed to Dole’s political campaigns.

Philip Anschutz Personal life

Philip Anschutz is somewhat reclusive, preferring to stay out of the limelight. He has granted only three formal interviews since 1979, and none at all from the 1980s until 2015.

On December 6, 2015, Anschutz broke his media silence when he appeared with several of the founders of Major League Soccer to reflect on the league’s 20th anniversary. Anschutz has run 15 marathons.

Philip Anschutz Wife

Philip Anschutz is married to Nancy Anschutz. He has three children Christian Anschutz (son), Elizabeth Anschutz, and Sarah Anschutz. He was inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame in 2000 and the U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2002.

Philip Anschutz Net worth

Philip Anschutz earns his income from his business investments and from other related organizations. Most of his income is sourced from his oil corporations, land ownership, rail and petroleum businesses, entertainment, and sports. He has an estimated net worth of $ 11.3 Billion USD.

Philip Anschutz Salary

Anschutz earns an estimated salary of about $10000 to $50000 annually.

Philip Anschutz Education

Philip Anschutz graduated from Wichita High School East in 1957, and in 1961 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Kansas, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Philip Anschutz Land ownership

In 1970, Anschutz bought the 250,000-acre (1,000 km²) Baughman Farms, one of the country’s largest farming corporations, in Liberal, Kansas, for $10 million. The following year, he acquired 9 million acres (36,000 km²) along the Utah-Wyoming border. This produced his first fortune in the oil business.

In the early 1980s, the Anschutz Ranch, with its billion-barrel (160,000,000 m³) oil pocket, became the largest oil field discovery in the United States since Prudhoe Bay in Alaska in 1968. In 1982 Anschutz sold an interest in it to Mobil Oil for $500 million.

For several years, Anschutz was Colorado’s sole billionaire. With his acquisition of land in other Western states, he became one of the 100 largest landholders in the United States.

Anschutz then moved into railroads and telecommunications before venturing into the entertainment industry. In 1999, Fortune magazine compared him to the 19th-century tycoon J.P. Morgan, as both men “struck it rich in a fundamentally different way: they operated across an astounding array of industries, mastering and reshaping entire economic landscapes.”

Philip Anschutz Rail and petroleum businesses

In 1984, Anschutz entered the railroad business by purchasing the Rio Grande Railroad’s holding company, Rio Grande Industries. In 1988, the Rio Grande railroad purchased the Southern Pacific Railroad under his direction. With the merger of the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific Corporation in September 1996, Anschutz became Vice-Chairman of Union Pacific.

Before the merger, he was a director of Southern Pacific from June 1988 to September 1996 and non-executive chairman of Southern Pacific from 1993 to September 1996. He was also a director of Forest Oil Corporation beginning in 1995. In November 1993 he became Director and Chairman of the Board of Qwest, stepping down as a nonexecutive co-chairman in 2002 but remaining on the board.

He has also been a director for Pacific Energy Partners and served on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, in Washington, D.C., and the National Petroleum Council in Washington, D.C. In May 2001, the Bush administration upheld Anschutz’s right to drill an exploratory oil well at Weatherman Draw in south-central Montana where Native American tribes wanted to preserve sacred rock drawings.

Environmental groups, preservationists, and ten Native American tribes appealed the decision without success. In April 2002, the Anschutz Exploration Corporation gave up its plans to drill for oil in the area. They donated its leases for oil and gas rights to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has pledged to let the leases expire, and the Bureau of Land Management said it had no plans to permit further leases there and would consider formal withdrawal of the 4,268-acre (17 km²) site from mineral leasing in its 2004 management plan.

In recognition of its preservation efforts, The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its President’s Award to the Anschutz Exploration Corporation. In May 2003, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer reached a settlement with Anschutz after filing a civil complaint accusing Anschutz of accepting IPO shares from Salomon Smith Barney in exchange for Qwest’s investment banking business.

Anschutz denied any wrongdoing but volunteered to donate a total of $4.4 million to settle the case as long as he selected the recipient organizations in advance. Anschutz paid $100,000 to each of 32 New York nonprofit philanthropic groups, as well as $200,000 to each of six law schools. In return, Spitzer dropped his civil suit.  The payment was roughly equal to his profit from the practice of IPO “spinning”; thus, he actually suffered no penalty.

Spitzer’s suit was panned in a Wall Street Journal editorial headlined “The Anschutz Ransom”. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice extensively investigated Qwest officials and determined there was no justification for taking action against any board member. The Denver Post summarized the implications for Anschutz:

“Not only is Qwest founder and board member Philip Anschutz, not a defendant in the long-awaited civil case against the regime of former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio, but he doesn’t even merit a mention in the 50-page complaint.” In February 2006, the Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that Anschutz would not run for reelection to the boards of Qwest and Union Pacific and would resign from the board of Regal Entertainment Group so as to focus on his other investments.

On June 24, 2008, it was announced that Anschutz would buy Xanterra Parks and Resorts, which had purchased the Grand Canyon Railway in 2007. In 2011, it was announced that Anschutz had purchased the Oklahoma Publishing Company, and as part of their assets The Broadmoor and the Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway in Colorado Springs. Effective August 1, 2010, Xanterra Parks and Resorts purchased and assumed management of Kingsmill Resort. Xanterra purchased the resort from Busch Properties, Inc. (BPI).

Philip Anschutz Entertainment Anschutz Entertainment Group

The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is a sporting and music entertainment presenter and a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation. It is the owner of entertainment venues and under AEG Live the world’s second-largest presenter of live music and entertainment events after Live Nation. Through AEG Live, it owns the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

On September 18, 2012, Anschutz announced he was putting AEG up for sale, but he decided not to accept any of the bids, and on March 14, 2013, took AEG off the market.

Philip Anschutz Soccer

Anschutz is one of only four recipients of the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Medal of Honor for his contributions to growing the sport of soccer in the United States. In 2006 SportsBusiness Journal ranked Anschutz the most influential person in soccer in the U.S.

Anschutz was one of the founders of Major League Soccer as well as multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, D.C. United, and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars.

He owns a stake in the Dignity Health Sports Park, the stadium for the MLS team LA Galaxy and former MLS team Chivas USA. For some time, while MLS was struggling, Anschutz owned six MLS franchises and experienced significant financial losses. For this reason, Anschutz has been called the man who saved MLS. MLS Commissioner Don Garber stated in 2006 that “without Phil Anschutz, there’s no MLS today.”

Anschutz was instrumental in several MLS initiatives that have grown the league’s revenues and profits. For example, he pushed for the building of soccer-specific stadiums, allowing MLS teams to increase revenue and better control costs.

He also advocated for MLS’s creation of Soccer United Marketing, the league’s sales and marketing arm. He has since sold his stake in the Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York, San Jose, and D.C. MLS teams and now owns only the Galaxy.

Philip Anschutz Other sports

SportsBusiness Journal named Anschutz the fifth most influential person in sports business in 2012 in its annual survey of the “50 Most Influential People in Sports Business.”

He owns stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings and in venues including the Staples Center and O2 Arena. AEG is the world’s largest owner of sports teams, sports events, and sports venues.

Philip Anschutz Philanthropy

One of the world’s richest people, Anschutz has been an active philanthropist. He was listed as #113 on the Forbes list of billionaires in January 2015, with a net worth of $10.3 billion. He heads the Anschutz Foundation.

Anschutz and his wife have contributed over $100 million to the new medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy campus of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado, now named the Anschutz Medical Campus in their honor.

The land came from the recently closed Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, but millions were needed for the construction of new medical laboratory buildings and a new University Hospital on the land.

They have also donated to the University of Kansas, their alma mater. There is an Anschutz Library and an Anschutz Sports Pavilion. In recognition of their philanthropic efforts, the Anschutzes were named the winners of the 2009 William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Philip Anschutz Other business ventures

Anschutz has had multiple other business ventures, including Forest Oil, Pacific Energy Group, Union Pacific Railroad (he is the company’s largest shareholder, with a 6% stake), and the Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theater chain in the world, with approximately 7,000 screens. Anschutz owns more than half of the company and multiple newspapers and media groups.

Anschutz has invested in, for example, the Clarity Media Group, a Denver-based publishing group that includes newspapers such as The Oklahoman, the largest newspaper in Oklahoma; The San Francisco Examiner (purchased in 2004, sold in November 2011); The Washington Examiner, a right-wing weekly tabloid that was consolidated from a group of D.C.-area suburban dailies;

The Baltimore Examiner, which launched in April 2006 and was shut down in early 2009; the now-closed, a hyper-local web portal where contributors wrote on local topics from news to blog-like stories; the conservative Weekly Standard (purchased in 2009); and The Gazette, Colorado’s second-largest newspaper, with a daily circulation of 74,172 (purchased on November 30, 2012) (Anschutz has trademarked the name “Examiner” in more than 60 cities.)

On December 14, 2018, Anschultz executed the closure of The Weekly Standard and fired all its employees. Editor-in-Chief Stephen Hayes had initially been cleared to find a buyer but after a venture capital firm agreed to broker any future deal, Anschutz withdrew permission and decided to effectively kill the company in order to harvest its subscribers.

Anschutz invested in both the Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse, an auction company designed for the oil & gas business, and NRC Broadcasting, which owns a string of radio stations in Colorado. The Anschutz Investment Company also purchased LightEdge Solutions in February 2008.

LightEdge is a business-to-business hosted services provider focused on Wide-Area-Networking, Voice-over-IP, Hosted Microsoft applications (Exchange, OCS, SharePoint), hosted servers/storage collocation cage and rack space, and Business Continuity Services.

It was announced on September 15, 2011, that Anschutz would acquire all assets of the Oklahoma Publishing Company (OPUBCO) from the Gaylord and Dickinson families. Upon closing, Anschutz would operate OPUBCO separately from his other publishing and media assets as an independent company.

Closing was expected in October 2011. In March 2012, it was reported that Anschutz was interested in buying the Rangers. He also invested in the Power Company of Wyoming LLC, formed in 2007 (re-incorporated in 2010) for the purpose of building the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind power complex in Carbon County, Wyoming, comprising up to 1,000 wind turbines with up to 3,000 megawatts of capacity.

It will be sited on 229,077 acres, about half federal, about half privately owned by an affiliate, and a smattering of state lands. According to the Bureau of Land Management, which on July 2, 2012, announced the completion of the project’s final Environmental Impact Statement, “Chokecherry and Sierra Madre are two distinct sites approximately five miles apart which are both being analyzed together.

When combined, they comprise the largest commercial wind generation facility proposed in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world.” Construction is expected to start in 2013, and cost an estimated $4 billion-$6 billion.”

Philip Anschutz Political and religious activism

Anschutz supported the Parents Television Council, a group that protests against alleged television indecency. He also financed and distributed films with Christian themes for mass audiences (through his two film production companies and ownership of much of the Regal, Edwards, and United Artists theater chains) such as Amazing Grace and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

He financed The Foundation for a Better Life. In 2009 Anschutz purchased the conservative American opinion magazine The Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. In 2010, he financed the pro-charter school film Waiting for Superman. In 2012, he financed the pro-parent trigger film Won’t Back Down.

Anschutz donated to conservative causes and groups that are openly anti-gay, anti-transgender, and pro-life. He responded to the reports by saying, “Neither I nor the Foundation fund any organization with the purpose or expectation that it would finance anti-LGBTQ initiatives,

and when it has come to my attention or the attention of the Anschutz Foundation that certain organizations either the Foundation or I have funded have been supporting such causes, we have immediately ceased all contributions to such groups.”

Anschutz contributed $1 million to conservatives during the 2016 U.S. elections, including pro-life and pro-gun candidates, and $200,000 to Republican politicians and political action committees during the 2017 elections. In 2018 he donated $1 million to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation LGBT Fund.

Philip Anschutz Donations

Philip Anschutz personally donated $134,400 to Republican candidates, party groups, and political action committees in 2018, according to Federal Election Commission records tracked on Open Secrets. He did not donate to any Democratic candidates or instruments.

Recipients included retired Utah octogenarian Orrin Hatch ($5,400) and former House Speaker Paul Ryan ($2,700), both of whom returned Anschutz’s donations, presumably because they were made (for some reason) after each announced they would not seek re-election in last fall’s midterms.

Anschutz also donated $33,900 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, on top of donations to GOP state party organizations in 13 states. As previously reported, Anschutz personally donated $187,300 to Republican candidates and organizations in the off-cycle 2017 calendar year. He has received criticism for past donations by his family’s nonprofit to anti-LGBTQ groups. In 2017, Anschutz called reports that he opposes LGBTQ rights “fake news.”

Philip Anschutz Companies

  • The Anschutz Corporation.
  • Regal Entertainment Group.
  • Union Pacific Corporation.
  • Qwest Communications International Inc.
  • Forest Oil Corporation.
  • Qwest Communications International Inc.
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company Inc.
  • Pacific Energy Partners LP.

Philip Anschutz and Coachella

AEG chairman Philip Anschutz, who oversees Goldenvoice, the organization that produces Coachella, Panorama, FYF, and many other prominent festivals, has drawn fire over the last several years when it was revealed his private family foundation was pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into groups that promoted LGBTQ discrimination, climate denial, and other right-wing causes that clash with the liberal ideals of many of Goldenvoice’s participating artists.

Though his lawyers said he stopped contributing to such organizations in 2015, subsequent donations proved that wasn’t actually the case. Anschutz appeared to partake in a bit of damage control last year by donating $1 million to the Elton John AIDS Foundation LGBT fund.

“My gift to the Elton John Foundation is intended to emphasize that we support freedom of all people to live their lives peacefully, without interference from others,” Anschutz said at the time.

“Sexuality is among the most personal of issues, and it has never been my intent to weigh in on people’s private lives. I support the rights of all people and oppose discrimination and intolerance against the LGBTQ community.”

On the heels of Coachella’s 2019 lineup announcement, Spin took a peek at Anschutz’s 2018 list of donations via Open Secrets and found that he’s still doing his best to financially boost Republican organizations.

What’s different, however, is that, aside from Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan (both of whom returned his donations when it was revealed they would not seek re-election in last fall’s midterms), Anschutz is no longer donating to individual politicians or organizations that wear their bigotry on their sleeve.

Instead, his donations have gone to individual GOP state party organizations and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, to whom he funneled $134,400. So, while he’s still donating to people in the business of disenfranchising minorities, he’s not boosting organizations that openly describe homosexuality as a “Satanic perversion,” like he used to.

Philip Anschutz  House

Anschutz lives in a luxurious house with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two fireplaces, and a private pool which is over 9,000 square feet of space with excellent construction work. The house sits on a 0.92 acres lot size with a lot of living space.

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