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Bren 
 
 
Donald Bren is regularly listed as one of the richest people in the world. Irvine Company developed (and continues to develop) a large portion of Orange County. According to Wikipedia: "In 1977 Bren joined a group of 34 investors to purchase The Irvine Company. By 1996, he had bought out all outstanding shares to become the sole owner. He is a donor to many Orange County institutions, including UC Irvine, Chapman University, and The Orange County Museum of Art. At UCI, the Bren Events Center and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science are named after him due to his patronage of the school."  Irvine
Hoiles & Threshie Family 
 
 
The founders of Freedom Communications, parent of The Orange County Register. According to Wikipedia: "Founded by a consortium as the Santa Ana Daily Register in 1905, it was sold to J.P. Baumgartner in 1906 and to J. Frank Burke in 1927. Finally, in 1935 it was bought by R.C. Hoiles, who renamed it the Santa Ana Register and reorganized his holdings as Freedom Newspapers, Inc. in 1950, later Freedom Communications. The paper was renamed The Register in 1955. Circulation rose with the burgeoning population of Orange County and after The Register added a morning edition in 1959. In 1970 Hoiles' son Clarence became co-publisher with his brother Harry until 1979, when R. David Threshie, Clarence's son-in-law, was named to the position."  
Sakioka 
 
 
Sakioka Farms is a major landowner in Costa Mesa / Santa Ana.  Santa Ana
Segerstrom 
 
 
The Segerstrom family is a large landowner in the Costa Mesa area, and is known for its contributions to the community. According to Wikipedia: "The Segertroms are a major real estate company in Orange County (along with the Irvine Company, & the O'Neill family), especially the City of Costa Mesa. The Segerstroms started out by buying a large lima bean farm in 1940. Much later they sold a parcel of land to Sears, which they have ever since been trying to retrieve. In 1967 construction began on the jewel in their crown, South Coast Plaza. The enormous high-wealth mall is now the highest grossing in country, with over 300 stores & around one billion dollars in annual sales. The family's monetary donations provided for the construction of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, on land also donated by the family/company. Besides the performing arts center the family/company gives heavily to the local Newport-Mesa school district. The family also owns land rights to much the expanding commercial office space that grew around the mall. Though they have sold property rights to the residential areas south of the 405 Freeway, they still hold the mineral rights."  Costa Mesa
Yorba 
 
 
The family of a young corporal named Jose Antonio Yorba in the Portola expedition of 1769, a major landowner in Orange County.  
Keith Weber
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