United States of America
Donald Bren, Chairman of the Board of Irvine Company, has been deeply involved in California real estate as a master planner, master builder, and long-term investor for 50 years. Born in Los Angeles, Bren earned a degree in economics and business administration from the University of Washington. Following his education, he served for three years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Bren joined the Mission Viejo Company in 1963 as president and began the master planning and master development of the 11,000-acre new community of Mission Viejo, California. In 1967, Bren sold his interest in the Mission Viejo Company to expand his statewide building and development activities, including the Irvine Ranch.