Edward P. Roski, Jr.
Majestic Realty Co.
Edward P. Roski, Jr. is president and chairman of the board of one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States. Rated as the No. 1 Real Estate Developer in Los Angeles for numerous years, Majestic Realty Co. owns manages and leases in excess of 83,000,000-sq. ft. of property for clients across the nation.
Mr. Roski is co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers. He played a critical role in developing the teams’ new arena, leading the L.A. Arena Company’s efforts to create the STAPLES Center- an iconic landmark in Downtown Los Angeles.
A committed philanthropist, in 2002 he initiated the Majestic Realty Foundation whose charitable giving and community outreach focuses on Youth, Family, Education, Health, and Violence prevention. Ed Roski served as an officer in the United State Marines from 1962 to 1966 where he was decorated for bravery with two purple hearts. In 2006, along with two of his business partners (one Marine and the other a Navy TOPGUN Fighter Pilot), they started the Land of the Free Foundation (LOTF). It was their desire to fund a foundation that supports our veterans whose dedication ensures that we will always live in “The Land of the Free”. The LOTF has raised $1 million dollars at each golf tournament, of which they have donated 100% of the funds to support programs that help our armed service personnel and their families and will ensure that the commitment of our nation’s heroes will never be taken for granted.
Mr. Roski personally gives his time and energy to countless civic organizations, serving on the boards of the Bowers Museum, the board of directors at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Board of Regents at Loyola High School, the National Geographic Society, and Chairman Emeritus of the board of trustees at The University of Southern California.
For his service to the community, he has received numerous awards and civic honors, including: Project Restore’s Los Angeles Heritage Award, for his commitment to the restoration of downtown Los Angeles, and the Spirit of Los Angeles Award (Eddy Award) from the Los Angeles Headquarters Association for his civic involvement and dedication; The City of Hope awarded him their prestigious “The Spirit of Life” Award, He was honored with the Oxford cup from the General Fraternity of Beta Theta Pi, and the University of Southern California awarded Mr. Roski the Asa V. Call Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the University and the community by giving generously of their time, energy and leadership. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars honored Ed Roski with their Public Service Award, and he was later recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Businessman of the Year and by the Los Angeles Area Chamber as Distinguished Business Leader of the Year. Recently, Roski was presented with the Circle of Honor Award by the Medal of Honor Foundation for his courage, sacrifice, service, patriotism and profound contributions to our Nation and way of life.
A passionate adventure traveler, Mr. Roski is a member of the famed Explorers Club. He has climbed to Base Camp at Mt. Everest, K2, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, rode his bike across Mongolia, Russia, and Burma, and has made several deep water dives throughout New Guinea. He has traveled to some of the most remote reaches of the Globe, and is an avid collector of African and Aboriginal Art.
Mr. Roski was born in Oklahoma and raised in Southern California where he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Gayle Garner Roski, with whom he has three children and eight grandchildren.
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