Inside David Geffen Personal Life & How He Built His Billion-Dollar Empire

By Shreetesh Thapa | Published On: 02 Feb, 2020
Inside David Geffen Personal Life & How He Built His Billion-Dollar Empire

David Geffen is a name that is well known in the music community. The entrepreneur rose to fame through his record labels in the ‘70s after he signed famous artists such as The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits. 

Starting his career in a mailroom, David has now been able to create a billion-dollar empire in the world of record labels and music. But, how was he able to transition to fame and the money-filled industry? Let’s find the answer by diving into the personal life of David Geffen.

David Geffen’s Age & Short Bio

David Geffen was born on 21 February 1943 in New York City, New York. The son of Jewish immigrants Abraham Geffen- a scholar- and his wife Batya- a corset maker, David grew up in blue-collar Brooklyn alongside his brother Mitchell- who was a student at UCLA. 

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His father died when David was seventeen years old. Later, in 1961, he visited his brother in Los Angeles and stayed there.

Is David Geffen Gay? Boyfriend

David first came out as a gay man in 1992. And, he later started a dating relationship with Jeremy Lingvall in 2006- which lasted until 2012. David’s ex-boyfriend is a former student of California college and is relatively younger than David with the age gap of 41 years.

David Geffen with Jeremy Lingvall at the White House in 2009 (Photo:

The two parted ways after dating for six years because their ‘relationship had run its course,’ as reported by the New York Post.

After Jeremy, David was seen kissing an ex-college football player Jamie Kuntz during a football game in 2012. However, the two denied any claims of a relationship. Furthermore, David later filed a restraining order against him, but Jamie didn't stop stalking him. As a result, Jamie was arrested in 2014 for violating the court order.

Career: How He Became An Entrepreneur?

A college dropout, David started his career in a completely different path. He worked a menial job at the William Morris Talent Agency in its mailroom. He used to regularly embellish his portfolio to land a better impression at the job he was doing. 

With a zeal to become a talent agent, he lied on his resumé about graduating from UCLA. So, when letters from the university came denying his claims, he used to steam-open the letters and alter them. Eventually, he secured a position in the same company as a junior agent. Soon afterward, he started his career as a personal manager for then-lesser known celebrities such as Laura Nyro, Jackson Browne & Crosby, Stills and Nash

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Climbing up the ladder, David then started a label and named it Asylum Records in 1970. Through the record label, he signed The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Judee Sill, and Joni Mitchell. Soon enough, he created another record label called Geffen Records in 1980 and yet another one in 1990 called DGC Records.

David Geffen at an event in 2019 (Photo:

With his empire already built, David had also taken part in the film industry. As such, in 1994, he, teaming up with Steven Spielberg and Jeffery Katzenberg, started a movie studio called Dreamworks SKG. The movie studio went one to create hit movies such as Catch Me If You Can (2002), Real Steel (2011), and Lincoln (2012).

His Net Worth

As per Celebrity Net Worth, David Geffen’s net worth is $8 billion.

As per his assets, he bought a house in Beverly Hills- which was worth $4.651 million in 2019. The same year, he purchased a one-acre lot in Trousdale Estates for $30 million. As such, all his property and real estate add up to worth more than $300 million.