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Billionaire PayPal Founder Divorces Wife For The Second Time

Billionaire internet entrepreneur, and PayPal co-founder, Elon Musk and his British actress wife Talulah Riley have agreed to "amicably" end their marriage after being apart the last 5 months, according to a joint statement released Friday. This is the second split for the couple, who first married in 2010, and then again in 2013 after a 2012 divorce. Musk filed the divorce petition in Los Angeles on December 31, 2014. The statement went on to say that Riley would receive $16 million from Musk, who also founded the firms SpaceX and Tesla Motors.

Musk is one of the world's wealthiest individuals with a net worth estimated at some $8 billion, according to Forbes. According to the statement, Riley "has decided to remain in the UK and pursue her career where she has spent the last five months working on her first feature film, 'Scottish Mussel,' as a writer and director." The statement also added that "Mr. Musk and Ms Riley remain friends."

In 2010, Musk went through a messy divorce from his Canadian-born wife, science-fiction writer Justine Musk, mother of their five sons, including triplets. He currently has full custody of the children and they live in the Hollywood Hills.

The 43-year-old Musk, is a South African native. Besides SpaceX and Tesla, Musk heads up SolarCity, a company which makes solar panels for homes and businesses. And he operates his own foundation focusing on education, clean energy and child health.

Billionaire Harold Hamm Ordered To Pay Ex $1 Billion In Divorce

December 2014 - Billionaire oil tycoon, Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources has been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in a divorce settlement to his wife, Sue Ann Hamm, making it one of the biggest payouts in U.S. history.

Special Judge Howard Haralson found that Hamm, 68, should pay Mrs. Hamm a total of $995.5 million, with about a third of the funds, or $322.7 million, to be paid by the end of the year, the filing revealed. Hamm will then have to pay the rest of the judgment, some $650 million, in installments worth at least $7 million per month.

Sue Ann Hamm has already been awarded around $25 million since the case was filed in 2012. To secure the judgment, Judge Haralson has placed a lien on 20 million shares of Continental stock. The ruling, which is subject to appeal, comes after a ten-week divorce trial which ended past month. Sue Ann was given $25 million spending money while the case worked it's way through the courts. She was also awarded 3 of their multimillion dollar homes.

Hamm began Continental in 1967, and about 68 per cent of the firm's shares are in his name. His stake was worth more than $18 billion when the trial began in August. It's worth around $14 billion today.

Billionaire Home Depot Co-Founder Blank Announces Divorce

The billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons is being divorced by his wife of 16 years, according to reports.

Arthur Blank, who has been estranged from his wife since October 2011, has been finally hit with divorce papers.  The papers filed in Fulton County, Georgia, say the union has been 'irretrievably broken' with Stephanie Blank, the mother of the Blank's three children and 25 years his junior.

The parties have privately agreed to the details of their official break.

The confidential deal means it may never be revealed how much Stephanie Blank is set to receive of her husband's reported $1.3 billion fortune. 

According to the report the couple have also drafted a "comprehensive parenting plan" to ensure they are both involved in raising their three school-age children - a teenage boy and two younger boy-girl twins.

The divorce comes on the back of a disappointing year for Blank whose NFL side lost to the 49ers in this year's NFC Championship Game.

A statement released via The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation said they would 'remain great friends'.

The separation would have no effect on Blank's business enterprises, the statement said.

The secret divorce deal is said to cover all areas including the couple's Buckhead home in Atlanta, GA.

Blank founded Home Depot alongside Bernard Marcus when the two were fired as Vice President of Finance and CEO respectively.

He has been a major U.S. philanthropist giving away $250 million to charity via his foundation and signing The Giving Pledge, vowing to give away a least 50 per cent of his wealth to charity. 

The foundation has focused on helping young people across Georgia.

Blank bought the NFL Falcons in 2002.

Eagles Billionaire Owners Jeff and Christine Lurie To Divorce

July 2012 - Jeffrey and Christina Lurie, billionaire owners of the Philadelphia Eagles and a successful filmmaking team, announced Wednesday evening that they were ending their 20-year marriage.

In a letter to employees and others within the Eagles organization, the couple said they "would remain close friends" and "continue to work together as partners."

They emphasized that their breakup would have no impact on the ownership, business, or operations of the Eagles.

The couple did not disclose the reason for the split.

Jeffrey Lurie, 60, and Christina Lurie, 52, met in the late 1980s when she was an associate film producer on one of Jeffrey's movies, I Love You to Death. They moved to the Philadelphia area in 1994 when they bought the Eagles.

 

Highland Capital Management LP Chief Executive Officer James Dondero Trys To Hide Assets In Divorce Battle With Spouse

Highland Capital Management LP Chief Executive Officer James Dondero testified in a divorce proceeding that he’s insolvent under Texas family law, if not according to normal accounting rules. Dondero, 49, told Texas state court Judge David Lopez in Dallas yesterday that the 2008 financial crisis took his debt- investing firm “to a state of insolvency and we’ve been juggling liquidity since that.” Highland Capital assets under management fell to $23 billion by Jan. 1 from $39 billion at the end of 2007. “The last three, four years have been negative to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Dondero said. The money manager said his annual income is “a million, two.”  BWN checked and in 2008, Dondero gave only $19,200.00 to political campaigns. Really, broke huh? Maybe he should sell the home we found he owns in Dallas. I'm sure he wouldn't be broke then. (Pictured)

The World Most Expensive Confirmed Divorce Settlements

1. Rupert and Anna Murdoch - $1.7 billion

Rupert married Anna in the 1960s, with the pair remaining together for 32 years, having three children. They split amicably in 1998. The divorce was finalized in June 1999 when he agreed to let her leave with $1.7 billion. 17 days later he married Wendi Deng.

2. Adnan and Soraya Khashoggi - $874 million

Saudi businessman Adnan made his money as an international arms dealer for the Saudi royal family. He then launched his company Triad, based in Switzerland, owning banks hotels and real estate across the world. He married Soraya in 1961. Their 1982 divorce resulted in an estimated $874 million settlement.

3. Craig and Wendy McCaw - $460 million 

Craig made his money turning a failing TV cable service into a successful business, eventually selling for $755 million. In 1981 he then acquired cellular phone licenses, eventually selling to phone company AT&T for approximately $12 billion, becoming its largest single shareholder.

The pair met at Stanford University when she tutored him, with them marrying in 1974. In 1995 divorce proceedings were initiated with Wendy wanting her share to support a $200,000 a month lifestyle.

4. Roman and Irina Abramovich - $300 million

It had been speculated that the settlement could have left her the world's richest ever divorcee. But according to Russian news sources, Mrs Abramovich settled for $300m (£155m).

The figure included the value of homes in Britain and Moscow, as well as a yacht and private plane. At one point it was thought he would have to pay a settlement of at least $1 billion.

5. Michael and Maya Polsky - $184 million

According to court records, the couple married in the Ukraine in 1975, coming to the US in 1976 with "only four suitcases and $500 in cash.

After citing irreconcilable differences in 2003, Maya Polsky filed for divorce from energy magnate Michael Polsky. In October 2006 a Chicago judge said Mrs Polsky was entitled to at least half of the couple's assets.

6. John 'Jack' Welch and Jane Beasley - $180 million

Welch is the former Chairman and CEO of General Electric, the technology and service conglomerate in New York, now ranked as the world's largest company.

The couple married in April 1989, divorcing in 2003. While Welch had reportedly written a prenuptial agreement, there was a 10-year time limit. Beasley reportedly left with amount to be in the range of $180 million.

7. Michael and Juanita Jordan - $168million

The most expensive celebrity divorce in history. The former Chicago Bulls basketball superstar married Juanita Vanoy in 1989. They divorced in 2007. It is thought negotiations between the couple added £20 million to the final deal from an initial settlement.

The marriage had shown signs of trouble in the past with Juanita filing for divorce in 2002, although they announced a reconciliation.

8. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey - $150 million

When Diamond met Marcia Murphey, he was already married to his first wife. In 1994, they separated, she citing "irreconcilable difference".

The singer claims he willingly gave her the money.

9. Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving - $100 million

Amy Irving shot to fame in 1976 when she played the lone teen survivor in Carrie. Spielberg began to make a name for himself in Hollywood, following Jaws. The pair married in 1985, but the pair broke up four years later. He gave Irving, the mother of their son Max $100 million.

10. John and Beverly Charman - $95 million

The pair met in 1969 at school. When they married in 1976 neither had significant resources. In November 2003, Mr Charman, nicknamed "King of the London Insurance Market", told his wife he was setting up residence in Bermuda and their marriage was over.

He initially offered her £6 million cash, but she argued that the sum was not enough. The judge decreed a fair settlement would involve him giving 37 per cent of his assets. Mr Charman had a subsequent appeal dismissed. It is thought to be Britain's highest divorce settlement.

LA Dodger's - Another Nasty Billionaire Divorce:

Jamie And Frank McCourt

A billion dollar power couple. Professional sports executives. An affair with a co-worker. Celebrity attorneys and spokespeople. Los Angeles.

Oh boy.

Dubbed "War of the Roses," the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce and battle over ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers is epic, even in a town famous for nasty celebrity splits.

The proceedings are about to kick into high gear, because the parties are headed to court.  So we figured we'd bring you up to speed.  Jamie, then CEO of the Dodgers, filed for divorce in October from her husband Frank, the current chairman, after 30 years of marriage. That's when the fun began.

He says:

  • His wife Jamie had an affair with her Dodgers bodyguard and driver, Jeff Fuller
  • Jamie was fired by the Dodgers for "insubordination, non-responsiveness, failure to follow procedures, and inappropriate behavior with regard to a direct subordinate"
  • Jamie and boyfriend Fuller spent more than two weeks on a summer vacation in France and billed the team for it
  • He's low on cash and can't provide the hundreds of thousand of dollars Jamie wants in monthly compensation
  • He's the sole owner of the Dodgers


She says:

  • She's the equal co-owner of the Dodgers
  • She was "unceremoniously" fired by Frank so he could steal her share of the team
  • Frank is understating his net worth by hundreds of millions of dollars to avoid paying her
  • She needs as much as $989,000 a month to maintain her lifestyle, assuming she's not reinstated as CEO (That's nearly $12 million a year).
  • Her monthly living expenses include the upkeep on the McCourt houses (including a $34 million mansion in the Holmby Hills), salaries for a household staff of eight, tuition and living expenses for the couple's four sons, private jet travel, accommodations at five-star hotels, security escorts when traveling, as well as house calls from her hair stylist and make-up artist, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And that's just the beginning. Both have high-powered teams behind them, including some of the top divorce and celebrity attorneys in the country. It will likely cost them millions each before the split is resolved.

Like any spectator-sport fan, learn the key players so you can better appreciate the impending battle royale.

The husband: Frank McCourt

McCourt is owner and chairman of the Dodgers, which he bought in 2004 for $430 million.

In 1977, according to his official bio, the Boston native founded The McCourt Company, which "specializes in the development of major commercial real estate projects. His real estate development roots span five generations, and his family has been associated with nearly every major Boston real estate project, including the city's Back Bay, Logan Airport, and Boston's waterfront."

McCourt met Jamie at Georgetown University, where they were both undergrads. They married in 1979 and have four adults sons.

The wife: Jamie McCourt

Originally from Baltimore, Jamie McCourt was most recently CEO of the Dodgers, then the highest-ranking female executive in Major League Baseball.

According to her old Dodgers bio, McCourt earned her B.S. in French from Georgetown University; her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law; and her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, with concentrations in both organizational learning and corporate finance.

It adds: "She is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and New York, as well as the District Courts for the Eastern and Southern districts of New York. She first practiced law in New York, where she specialized in international and securities law. She then moved to Boston and practiced corporate, real estate, and family law. She spent the next ten years in commercial real estate development with the family business."

The lover: Jeff Fuller

Fuller was Director of Protocol for the Dodgers, mostly driving and serving as a bodyguard for Jamie. He was fired in October for having an affair with Jamie, which her lawyers say came after she separated from Frank.

According to TMZ, Fuller's late mother was an heir to the Pillsbury fortune.

As noted in the LA Times, Fuller made news in December for meeting with a Taiwanese legislator interested in strengthening ties with the Dodgers -- even though he was no longer with the team.

The judge: Scott Gordon

Commissioner Scott Gordon, the judge presiding over the McCourt divorce, has served on the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2002.

According to a Southwestern Law School bio, Gordon is assigned to the Family Law Department, he has "presided over several high profile cases garnering international media attention," including a Britney Spears child custody case.

It adds: "He previously served for 16 years with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where he was a founding member of the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team and was responsible for policy and legislative issues relating to child abuse, domestic violence and sex crimes."

"A 1980 graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, he spent the early years of his career as a police officer and detective for the Santa Monica Police Department while attending Southwestern, where he completed his law degree in 1985."


Team Jamie McCourt: Dennis Wasser

Dennis Wasser, the lead attorney for Jamie McCourt, is a partner at Wasser Cooperman & Carter in Los Angeles.

Wasser has represented Tom Cruise in his divorce from Nicole Kidman; Kirk Kerkorian in his divorce from Lisa Kerkorian, and other celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Steven Speilberg, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda and Rod Stewart, according to media reports.

Wasser graduated from USC Law in 1967 and began practicing family law in 1970, according to the LA Business Journal.

Team Jamie McCourt: Bert Fields

Another attorney for Jamie McCourt is Bertram "Bert" Fields, an entertainment partner at Greenberg Glusker.

According to his official bio, Fields is "one of the nation's leading entertainment attorneys. Mr. Fields’ represents the industry’s top performers, directors, writers, producers, studios, talent agencies, book publishers and record companies. Clients include DreamWorks, MGM, United Artists, The Weinstein Company, Toho, Nippon Herald, Tom Cruise, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, James Cameron, Mike Nichols, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, Sherry Lansing, The Beatles, Madonna, Sony Music and many others. In addition, he has represented such major authors as Mario Puzo, James Clavell, Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Richard Bach."

It adds: "Mr. Fields has represented virtually every major Hollywood studio and talent agency, and he has tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment and communications industries over the past 30 years. Mr. Fields’ practice is international in scope and extends beyond the field of entertainment, having represented such diverse clients as Arizona cotton farmers, Las Vegas hotels and casinos, real estate developers and regional shopping centers, clothing designers, manufacturers, boxing promoters, investment firms and even a Japanese Bank."

Team Jamie McCourt: Mike Sitrick

Mike Sitrick, a spokesman for Jamie McCourt, is Chairman and CEO of Sitrick And Company and a "nationally recognized expert in the strategic use of communications."

According to his official bio, Sitrick has been the subject of numerous articles and profiles focusing on the results he has achieved for clients.  Los Angeles Magazine wrote: “Sitrick is a pure product of the 24-hour news cycle, of a culture dominated and defined by newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, the Internet, of the never-ending noise streaming into our lives.  Beyond his aggressiveness, beyond his toughness, what distinguishes Sitrick is his ability to play the media to his clients’ advantage.”

The Los Angeles Times called him, “The Wizard of Spin.”  Forbes called him “The Flack For When You’re Under Attack.”  CFO Magazine wrote, “Where do companies turn when you-know-what hits the fan?  Say for example, when FBI agents invade your offices or an out-of-state bank refuses to renew your credit line that is keeping the company and the economy afloat?  Two companies with these actual problems had one answer:  Michael Sitrick…”

It adds: "Virtually since its inception, Sitrick And Company has been ranked either the number one or the number two strategic public relations firm in the U.S. by Inside PR magazine."

Team Frank McCourt: Marshall Grossman

A partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, Grossman is one of Frank McCourt and the Dodgers' high-powered attorneys.

According to his official bio, Grossman "has both prosecuted and defended major commercial litigation throughout his distinguished career." 

That includes the representing Erin Andrews in the peephole video case; leading Arthur Andersen’s trial team to a defense jury verdict in a $1 billion class action securities fraud lawsuit; and counseling J.K. Rowling, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Mariah Carey and Larry King.

According to the bio, Marshall has been honored by Chambers Global with a No. 1 ranking in Litigation (Trial Lawyers) and also by Chambers USA with top rankings in Commercial Litigation and Entertainment and Media Litigation. For over 18 years, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation). He is a commissioner and past chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance.

Team Frank McCourt: Manley Freid

Frank McCourt also has retained veteran family law attorney Manley Freid, a partner at Freid and Goldsman.

According to the LA Times, Freid has represented Tom Arnold in his divorce from Roseanne Barr; battled Lee Iacocca in court on behalf of his third wife; and helped Janet Jackson's former husband, Rene Elizondo, try to challenge a prenuptial agreement.

Team Frank McCourt: Marc Seltzer

Another lawyer for Frank McCourt, Marc Seltzer, is a partner at Susman Godfrey.

According to his official bio, Seltzer has "practiced law for more than thirty-five years, litigating complex business law cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States."

It adds that Seltzer's involvement in nationally prominent litigation began in the mid-1970's and that he was a principal in the law firm of Corinblit & Seltzer for twenty years.

Team Frank McCourt: Dodgers/Josh Rawitch

For PR, Frank McCourt has the Dodgers behind him.

As the Wall Street Journal noted, a Dodgers spokesman said the organization considers McCourt to be its only owner and "doesn't expect the divorce dispute to have any effect on the team's operations."

Key to the Dodgers PR team is Josh Rawitch, the VP for Public Relations and Broadcasting.

According to his official bio, Rawitch, 32, is entering his 15th season in Major League Baseball, 13th with the Dodgers and second as the team's Vice President of Communications. In his current capacity, he is responsible for the overall baseball communication and media relations efforts of the organization while also directing the team's business communication efforts and publications department. He serves as the organization's primary liaison with their broadcasters and assists in the team's community relations efforts.

It adds that the Los Angeles native attended Indiana University, where he received a bachelor's degree in Sports Marketing and Management with a minor in Business.

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McCourt Update: Settlement:  $130 Million

Jamie finally gave up her stake in the Dodgers early this fall. In exchange, she got $130 million.

Now Frank is free to sell the team and make back the money he lost while the messy divorce made its way through court.

 

Russian Billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev’s Wife Suing Him Over Purchase

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev’s wife is suing him over the $88 million purchase of a Central Park West penthouse in Manhattan from former CitiGroup Chairman Sanford Weill. Elena Rybolovleva, 45, of Geneva, who is seeking a divorce, yesterday sued her 45-year-old husband in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.  Read more on this story HERE
 
 

George Lucas - The Rural Residents Are Striking Back Against Empire

NICASIO, California (AP) — Luke Skywalker would be proud. A rebel alliance has formed in the hills north of San Francisco to fight a perceived Evil Empire.

The alliance is a group of Marin County homeowners. Their phantom menace is George Lucas, the world-renowned filmmaker whose Star Wars Trilogy sky-rocketed him to acclaim and fortune.

The plot is simple: Lucas wants to expand his filmmaking empire in the quiet valley that has been home to his Skywalker Ranch for three decades, building a 270,000-square-foot (25,000-square-meter) digital media production compound on historic farmland known as Grady Ranch. Neighbors say the massive structure will constrain their lifestyle with additional noise, traffic and harmful environmental impacts on the pristine countryside.

But the plot thickens. Other residents say Lucas has been a stellar neighbor and a steward of the land who has protected massive swaths of agricultural acreage from housing developments, while bringing jobs and tax-paying residents to the community.

It will all play out before what is likely to be a wide audience at the Marin County Planning Commission meeting on Feb. 27.

Residents of Lucas Valley Estates, a subdivision of 174 midsize to upscale homes about a half-hour drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge, are leading the charge against Grady Ranch. They believe the latest Lucas compound is simply too big for Lucas Valley, named for a 19th century rancher and no relation to the 67-year-old filmmaker.

"This is really the last gateway of historic farmland up here," said Liz Dale, an economist who specializes in land policy. "This is a nonsensical location."

The neighbors say Lucasfilms Ltd. pulled a stealth move on them, quietly taking a master plan that was passed in 1996 by the county supervisors, and then presenting a revised plan before the planning commission in December with what they say was little public notice.

That plan includes a 51-foot (15.5-meter)-tall, mission-style compound with two 85-foot (26-meter) towers, two indoor sound stages as well as an outdoor stage of nearly 7,000 square feet (650 square meters). There will be screening rooms, guest housing for visiting production teams, a general store and cafeteria for employees, as well as a 4,000-square-foot (1,200-meter) wine cave for private tastings and storage of the wine and olive oil produced on the working ranches.

Lucasfilm hopes to have the necessary permits in place and break ground by next year, with construction taking 18 months to two years.

"When the plan was passed in 1996, everybody had George Lucas stars in their eyes and whatever he wanted, they were happy to give," said Rachel Kamman, a water resources engineer who lives in another nearby subdivision.

"They wanted him to stay in Marin County," she said. "We still want him to stay in Marin County; people value his job, we value his industry, the creativity, and people think it's reflective of this county. But this is a big-boxed, outsourcing facility with significant inmitigated environmental impact."


Lucas' other projects include Skywalker Ranch and Big Rock, all adjoining the Grady compound. Combined, they comprise some 6,100 acres (2,470 hectares) of grassy knolls, valleys and steep hillsides. Yet 95 percent of that land remains undeveloped and protected.

Skywalker houses sound and recording studios used for film and television scores and sound effects. Big Rock houses Lucasfilm Animation, multimedia office space and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Both have a working fire brigade with fire trucks and full-time firefighters who have helped other communities in Northern California.

Neighbors acknowledge that Skywalker and Big Rock have fit quietly into the community, but worry the bigger structure at Grady Ranch could one day morph into anything from a theme park to a casino, a winery or hotel.

"This is a way to get in, and then it's too big to fail," said Carl Fricke, an environmental scientist who lives down the winding, two-lane road that runs past all the Lucas ranches and the homeowners of Lucas Valley Estates.

Tom Forster, director of communications at Skywalker, insists the digital production facility at Grady will be no temple of doom. It will eventually be screened from view when the trees mature, there will be minimal noise and they will spend millions to mitigate traffic concerns.

"We're a really strong film company, in fact the only one in the Bay Area, and we have such a good and strong history of employing thousands and doing good work — with no history of these various fears of tremendous noise and ugly traffic," Forster said.

There will be an 11-mile (18-kilometer) public hiking and biking trail; they've devoted 800 acres (320 hectares) to Marin County open space that will never be developed, power lines will be underground and new bridges and water tanks will be installed to protect the creek and offset water use.

The Grady Ranch digital production facility will employ 340 people and most of the parking will be underground.

"We've been good stewards of the land; we cleaned up all the old farm dumps and rusted cars and trash and old refrigerators that were discarded in the creek beds," Forster said, as he drives by a covered wooden bridge and ancient tractor equipment on display in the fields.

Emilie Nicks, director of corporate communications for Lucasfilm, said she's frustrated that none of the Lucas Valley Estates homeowners has approached them to talk about the plan.

She wants them to know that digital filmmaking no longer requires the crash-bang of the old film sets and that their sound stages are so well insulated with acoustical walls that noise does not carry outside; the outdoor stage will be used mainly to capture natural lighting.

"It's important to us to be good neighbors and respectful of their concerns," she said.

The neighborhood association said they'd like to work with Lucasfilm to help them find other locations in Marin County, closer to the commercial corridor along Highway 101.

"I think that he could be a hero if he did a sensitive project in this location," said Tom Taylor, an architect and Lucas Valley Estates resident. "It could be something that makes a statement about what he's created in his career, rather than slapping something the size of two football fields out there. It looks like a casino or a theme park, any shopping mall in any place."

John Newman, president of a small wine business who lives in Marinwood, two subdivisions down from Lucas Valley Estates, believes it's "disingenuous" for his neighbors to complain about the Lucas ranches. He said it's a textbook case of not-in-my-backyard mentality.

"Skywalker has been an excellent neighbor," Newman said. "They've kept a low profile and they've had 30 years of demonstrating that they'll do anything possible to accommodate the community."

He noted that many Lucasfilm employees live in the community and that the alternative might have been more houses on Grady Ranch.

"That's a gift and a blessing to the community that seems to be forgotten by the homeowner's association," Newman said.

View of Partial Property of George Lucas's Sky Walker Ranch in Nicasio, California