David Geffen Quotes
David Geffen is an American business magnate and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, DGC Records in 1990, and DreamWorks SKG in 1994.
As a philanthropist, he has donated to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and other educational and research institutes. As well as giving the arts and theatre.
Geffen is a keen collector of American artists’ work, including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. He lives between LA and NYC. And also owns Rising Sun, a 138-metre yacht.
While once in a relationship with Cher amongst others, Geffen is openly gay. Also, he is actively involved in politics, having supported Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
I don’t agree that the best giving is anonymous. We should be examples to our friends and communities. I should be an example to young, gay kids. And it’s not like people are really anonymous anyway — you remember that episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm? In the end, everybody knows who ‘anonymous’ is.
[On his donation of $100 million to UCLA in 2012 adding to the $200 million he donated in 2002] The cost of a world-class medical education should not deter our future innovators, doctors and scientists from the path they hope to pursue. We need the students at this world-class institution to be driven by determination and the desire to do their best work and not by the fear of crushing debt. I hope in doing this that others will be inspired to do the same.