55. Darius Anderson
Darius Anderson may not have as high a profile he did when he was Gov. Gray Davis’ chief fundraiser (ginning up $127 million for the guv’s warchest) but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been busy. His lobbying firm, Platinum Advisors, has offices in Sacramento, Orange County and San Francisco, and averaged about $1.2 million for each of the last four quarters. The firm has more than five dozen clients, including Tesla Motors, the city of San Diego, the Hearst Corp., Habitat for Humanity, UPS and Ventura County. He is a leader of the Treasure Island Development Project, a $6 billion economic redevelopment of the former Naval Station and world’s fair site in the San Francisco Bay. And, he’s also a newspaper publisher, one of the partners publishing the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa. A San Francisco native, Anderson got his start in politics interning for then-Congressman Doug Bosco.
Updated Aug. 30, 2o17