The December Vanity Fair profile on Eli Broad gets into his not-so-wonderful relationship with David Geffen - and helps explain why their efforts at buying the LAT might be turning personal. E&P lays out some snippets about the piece (not available online).
-Broad on a "dustup" with Geffen in 2000 over efforts to bring the Democratic convention to L.A. : “I’ll tell you what happened, I got all the press, that’s what happened. And why did I get all the press? I was there.”
-David Geffen on the same controversy: “Eli Broad seems to need attention. I prefer to avoid it.”
-A source close to both billionaires: "“There’s no way to put them together. What makes David mad about Eli is that Eli talks to the press about him.”
-Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan: “These two guys both have to be boss. Has Eli become more collaborative over the years? I guess. But I know he still believes you need what he calls the owner, the boss, who can make the quick decisions that have to be made without going to a committee or board.”