67. Darius Anderson
Darius Anderson was once a household name in California’s Capitol community, although not so much now. His iconic firm, Platinum Advisors, is still around and is a significant Capitol player, but Anderson himself has diversified, focusing more on other interests, including real estate and other interests in the San Francisco Bay Area. He remains a member of the group publishing the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, a first-rate daily newspaper that won a Pulitzer prize for its wildfire coverage. Platinum’s clients include the Hearst Corporation (owner of The San Francisco Chronicle) and UPS, among others. Anderson 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. We’ve said it before, but if you’re ever stuck in an elevator with him, ask about his collection of Jack London memorabilia.
Updated Aug. 21, 2o19