Arnon Milchan is one of Hollywood’s most famous producers. Born in Rehovot, Palestine, to a Jewish family, he was able to turn his father’s fertilizer company into a successful chemical business with additional interests in agriculture, aerospace, fibre optics, plastics, pharmaceuticals and animal products.
He obtained a degree from The London School of Economics before being recruited into the top-secret Israeli intelligence organization, LAKAM, responsible for obtaining the necessary resources for Israel’s nuclear program as well as conducting other secretive activities.
Although secretive, his involvement in the organization became public after the 1985 indictment of scientist and aerospace executive Dr. Richard Kelly Smyth for selling nuclear triggers through one of Milchan’s companies. When interviewed, he admitted being a former intelligence operative for the Israeli government.
He joined the American movie industry in 1977 after being introduced to an American film producer Elliot Kastner. He has worked with producers and actors such as Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Roman Polanski, Terry Giliam, Sergio Leone and Oliver Stone. Milchan started his own production company, New Regency Productions in 1991.
He has produced over 120 films, and is recognized as one of the most notable producers in Hollywood history, with films such as Once Upon a Time in America (1984) , Brazil (1985), Pretty Woman (1990), Under Siege (1992), Natural Born Killers (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), Unfaithful (2002), and Knight and Day (2010) under his belt.
Apart from this, he serves as a Member of the Supervisory Board at Monarchy Enterprises Holdings B.V., Rotterdam/Netherlands and The Silver Lining Foundation in Colorado, U.S.A. He is a Member of the Global Advisory Council at WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Tour, Inc. He was a Member of Advisory Board at Syntek Capital AG and has served as a Member of the Supervisory Board of PUMA SE.
He owns the broadcasting rights to The WTA and is currently married to South African tennis player, Amanda Coetzer. He owns a broadcasting company, which transmits Israeli programmes to Canada and The United States. In addition to this, he is part owner of Israel’s channel 10 that only broadcasts news programmes.
He was once a professional soccer player and is an art collector with such a passion for art that he is currently making his own paintings. He isn’t short of a place to stay as he has seven homes around the world. Estimates place his net worth at $4.2 billion.