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Jeffrey Lurie
Jeffrey Lurie Loardi Trophy Super Bowl LII
Philadelphia Eagles lowner Jeffrey Lurie triumphantly hoists up the Lombardi Trophy after the Eagles 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII ob February 4, 2018.
Date of birth September 8 1951 (1951-09-08) (age 67)
Place of birth Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 220 pounds (100 kg)
Philadelphia EaglesNo. N/A
Position Team Owner / CEO
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  • Owner, CEO, and Team President of the Eagles
  • Graduate, Clark University
    Boston University
    Brandeis University
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1994-present Philadelphia Eagles (1994-present)
Jeffrey Lurie (born September 8, 1951) is a former Hollywood producer-turned National Football League team owner. Lurie bought the Philadelphia Eagles on May 6, 1994 from then-owner Norman Braman for $195 million. The club is now estimated to be worth $1.164 billion, as valued in 2011 by Forbes.[1]

Before purchasing the Eagles, Lurie served as the president and chief executive officer of Chestnut Hill Productions, a Los Angeles-based film company, which he founded in 1985. His corporation did not make any blockbuster hits, but became successful supervising production of films made by much larger companies. The company also produces television commercials. On February 27, 2011, the Lurie-produced documentary film, Inside Job, won an Academy Award for best documentary film.

Prior to entering business, Lurie served as an adjunct assistant professor of social policy at Boston University.

Lurie earned a B.A. from Clark University, a Master's degree in psychology from Boston University and a Ph.D in social policy from Brandeis University. He was born to Jewish parents but has spent his adult life as a non-practicing Jew.[2]

Early life and educationEdit

Lurie was born to a Jewish family[3] in Boston, the son of Nancy (née Smith) and Morris John Lurie. His grandfather Philip Smith founded the General Cinema movie theater chain which was one of the largest operators of drive-in movie theaters in the United States.[4] He has two siblings: Peter and Cathy. His father died April 14, 1961 at the age of 44 when Jeffrey was nine years old.

In the late 1960s, General Cinema began acquiring bottling franchises, including a Pepsi bottling operation. General Cinema evolved over the years into Harcourt General Inc., a $3.7 billion conglomerate based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with 23,700 employees worldwide. In its heyday it was the nation's fourth largest chain of movie theaters, owned several publishing houses, three insurance companies and a leading global consulting firm. In 1984 Carter Hawley Hale was acquired, which was at the time the tenth largest clothing retailer in the United States, including Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman-Marcus.

Lurie earned a B.A. from Clark University, a master's degree in psychology from Boston University, and a doctorate in social policy from Brandeis University, where he wrote his thesis on the depiction of women in Hollywood movies. He was born to Jewish parents but has spent his adult life as a non-practicing Jew.[5] Prior to entering business, Lurie served as an adjunct assistant professor of social policy at Boston University.

CareerEdit

In 1983, he left academia to join General Cinema Corporation, a major film company founded by his grandfather, Philip Smith, and now headed by his uncle, Richard A. Smith. He worked as an executive in the company as a liaison between General Cinema Corporation and the production community in Hollywood. He was also an advisor in The General Cinema national film buying office.

He then founded Chestnut Hill Productions in 1985, which produced a string of Hollywood movie and TV shows.

On February 27, 2011, the Lurie-produced movie Inside Job won an Academy Award (Oscar) for best documentary film.[6] The company also produced television commercials. Two years later he won a second Oscar as Inocente - in which he was executive producer - won for Best Documentary Short Film.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In a pre-production meeting for I Love You To Death, Lurie met Christina Weiss, a former actress who was working for his production company.[8] In 1992, Lurie married Weiss in Gstaad, Switzerland. They had two children: a son Julian and a daughter Milena.[8] In 2012, the couple announced that they were divorcing; the divorce was finalized in August 2012.[9] She received a "sizeable" ownership interest in the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the divorce settlement.[10] On May 4, 2013, he married Tina Lai.[11]

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