(February 21, 1943- )
Founded Asylum and Geffen records
Produced 'Cats,' the longest running show in Broadway History
Produced 'Interview with the Vampire (1994),' 'Risky Business,' 'Little Shop of Horrors (1986)' and 'Personal Best (1982)'
Owner of Roxy nightclub in L.A.
Co-founder of DreamWorks with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg
Why he might be annoying
His mother gave him the childhood nickname, 'King David.'
He hated school.
He dropped out of the University of Texas at Austin.
He claimed falsely to have graduated UCLA and to be Phil Spector's cousin to land a job at William Morris Agency's mail room (actually Phil Spector's sister-in-law was dating his brother).
He has been known to step on long-time friends and business associates to get what he wants.
He has used psychotherapy and self-help programs to find out why he has irrational screaming fits.
He publicly feuded with Mike Ovitz.
He joined EST Groups.
He likes having his name on his donations. After donating to the UCLA medical school, they renamed it The David Geffen School of Medicine.
The Geffen Playhouse was named after a $5 million donation.
He said: 'Happy is harder than money. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn't got money.'
He was a huge supporter of Bill Clinton.
He dated Cher while she was still married to Sonny.
He sued his client Neil Young for making experimental music, calling it 'unrepresentative' (1986).
Why he might not be annoying
He dated Cher and Marlo Thomas.
He lived with Joni Mitchell, whose song 'Free Man in Paris' is a tribute to Geffen.
He publicly acknowledged he was gay at an AIDS rally (that explains dating Cher. - November 1992).
He donated $200 million to UCLA medical school (May 2002).
He has given over $6 million to AIDS causes in L.A., N.Y. and Washington D.C.
For four years, he thought he had a cancerous tumor in his bladder, but he was misdiagnosed.
He is one of first self-made Hollywood billionaires. He is worth over $2½ billion.
He earned $50,000 per year in 1968 as a member of Ashley Famous Agency.
He owned MCA music and sold it for more than a billion dollars.
He founded Asylum Records in 1971 and sold it to Warner for $7 million in 1972.
He founded Geffen Records and the first three people he signed were Donna Summer, John Lennon and Elton John (1980).
He sold Geffen Records to MCA for an estimated $550 million ten years after founding it (1990).
He ranked #22 (1995), #26 (1996), #17 (2000), #16 (2001) and #12 (2002) in Premiere Magazines Power List.
He ranked #13 (1996), #20 (1997), #15 (1998), #35 (1999), #4 (2000) and #4 (2001) in Entertainment Weekly's Power List.
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For 2017, as of last week, Out of 9 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 90 Votes: 74.44% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 25 Votes: 32.00% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 17 Votes: 47.06% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 89 Votes: 62.92% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 71 Votes: 73.24% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 195 Votes: 74.87% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 85 Votes: 68.24% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 67 Votes: 59.70% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 65 Votes: 61.54% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 126 Votes: 65.08% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 135 Votes: 59.26% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 239 Votes: 69.46% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 270 Votes: 69.63% Annoying
In 2003, Out of 507 Votes: 66.07% Annoying
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