The incredible rise of billionaire Donald Bren, the richest real estate developer in America

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Donald Bren

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California native Donald Bren is the wealthiest real estate developer in America, according to our list of the 50 richest people on earth, produced in collaboration with Wealth-X.

The mogul has an estimated net worth of $17 billion that comes primarily from his development and property investments in Southern California.

Bren's privately-held real estate investment company, Irvine Company, has a portfolio of properties that exceeds 110 million square feet and includes office buildings, apartments, marinas, and hotels, most of which is located in picturesque Orange County.

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At 83 years old, the former US Marine is still running the show as chairman of Irvine Company - here's the story behind his success.