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The richest man in L.A. (and new owner of Magic's stake in the Lakers), part 2

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong Photo: Abraxis BioScience

Yesterday I wrote about Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the former surgeon turned billionaire cancer-drug developer, philanthropist, and now owner of what was Magic Johnson's small share in the Los Angeles Lakers.

Soon-Shiong started out in South Africa as the child of an immigrant Chinese village doctor. Today the 58-year-old is the wealthiest person in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal, ahead of familiar names like Eli Broad and David Geffen.

I shared a bit of what I learned about the billionaire Lakers fan on this morning's Madeleine Brand Show, which featured a segment on Soon-Shiong and how he became the wealthiest Angeleno that most people have never heard of, until now.

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