Media mogul A. Jerrold “Jerry
” Perenchio, who amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision, and was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors, has died. He was 86.
Perenchio died of lung cancer at his Bel Air home on Monday, a family spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times.
His personal wealth, along with an early career managing high-profile stars and promoting major sporting events, belied a fierce determination to stay out of the limelight, in which he granted few interviews and rarely allowed his associates to do the same.
A partner with Norman Lear
in the production of such shows as “The Jeffersons
” and “One Day at a Time
,” Perenchio made a fortune on megahits of the 1970s, particularly from the sale of the shows into syndication.
No media investment, however, was as lucrative for Perenchio as the one in Univision, which