59. Darius Anderson
Darius Anderson has stepped back from the day-to-day fray in Sacramento and is concentrating on his real estate and other interests in the Bay Area, but his Platinum Advisors lobbying firm maintains an aggressive presence here. He also had a chance to celebrate this year: He’s a publisher of the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, and his paper won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the devastating wine country wildfires. Platinum’s clients include the Hearst Corporation (owner of The San Francisco Chronicle) and UPS, among others. Many others. Anderson does not confine himself to politics: He is a leader in the Treasure Island Development Project, a $6 billion redoing of the former naval station and 1939 World’s Fair site. Anderson also was instrumental in the effort to keep the Kings NBA team in Sacramento and later sued on grounds that he was shut out of team ownership. If you’re ever stuck in an elevator with him, ask about his collection of Jack London memorabilia.
Updated Aug. 15, 2o18