Gridlock at Van Nuys Airport.
They’re heading West, the high and mighty for the Oscar weekend in their private aircraft. Some arriving earlier for entertainment mogul David Geffen’s 75th birthday at his Beverly Hills estate. That he bought from movie titan Jack Warner, with David inviting antiquary Rose Tarlow to redecorate.
Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg were several of the early jet setters to join David. And the following weekend attended the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by new editor Radikhe Jones. (Controversy surrounds the cover of Radikhe’s first issue this March.)
Beats Electronics billionaire Jimmy Iovine hosted the crowd celebrating David’s 75 years (born Feb. 2l, 1943).
Tom Hanks, as always impeccably clever, roasted David, with the Who and the Who laughing a lot.
The beau monde included Elton John, who entertained, as did Hamilton’s Jonathan Groff.
In the mix: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, Disney’s Bob Iger, CBS’s Les Moonves, Netflex’s Ted Sarandos, Dr. Dre, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Brian Grazer, Irving Azoff.
Also: Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, Joni Mitchell, Discovery Communications David Zaslav, Joshua Kushner with model Karlie Kloss, Stavros Niarchos, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox.
Numerous guests had summered on David’s $600 million yacht Rising Sun (454 feet).
David’s life is unparallelled. A music mogul with his own label that recorded Bob Dylan, Cher, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, and countless others.
His philanthropy astonishes. Millions upon millions. The David Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the New York University School of Medicine, Avery Fisher Hall that is now David Geffen Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center, and more. Philanthropy remains a constant in his life.
David’s net worth is in the range of $6 billion, and he is acclaimed as one of the most powerful gay men in America. He remains among the top global art collectors, constantly buying and selling great works in the high millions.
His late older brother Mitchell leaves two daughters, who are David’s only surviving relatives.
During his birthday roast of David, Tom Hanks kidded about David’s love of Broadway theater. “Where a show that’s s–t,” says David, “all of a sudden surprises and becomes a hit.”