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John Arrillaga

Born/Date of Birth: 1937
Place of Birth: United States
Nationality: American
Education: Stanford University
Occupation: Real estate developer
Net worth: US $ 2.5 billion (October 2018)
Spouse(s): Frances Marion Cook Arrillaga(m. 1968; her death 1995), Gioia Fasi Arrillaga
Children: 2, including Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
Parent(s): Gabriel Arrillaga, Freida Monk
Relatives: Marc Andreessen (son-in-law)
Official Website: www.peery-arrillaga.com
John Arrillaga (born 1937) is an American real estate developer and philanthropist. He is one of the largest landowners in Silicon Valley.

Early life
John Arrillaga is one of five children born into a lower-middle-class home with his mother, Freida, and father, Gabriel, who traced his roots to the Basque region. He attended Morningside High School in Inglewood, California and graduated in 1955. He attended Stanford University on a basketball scholarship, and was a first-team All-AAWU selection in 1960. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta, and graduated in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in geography .

Career
In the 1960s, Arrillaga and business partner Richard Peery bought California farmland and converted it into office space. They became two of Silicon Valley's biggest commercial landlords with more than 12,000,000 square feet (1,100,000 m2).

In 2006, he sold 5,300,000 sq ft (490,000 m2) of his real estate holdings for roughly $1.1 billion.

Philanthropy
Arrillaga is known for his support of Stanford University. The alumni center, the Frances C. Arrillaga Building, is named in memory of his first wife, and other athletic facilities carry his surname. In May 2006, Arrillaga gave $100 million to Stanford.

In June 2013, he donated $151 million to Stanford, the largest individual donation from a living donor in the university's history.

Personal life
In 1968, Arrillaga married Frances Marion Cook Arrillaga, a teacher and librarian. She died on October 13, 1995 in her Palo Alto home of lung cancer, aged 54. They had two children together, John Jr and Laura. Their daughter Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is married to Marc Andreessen, who co-authored the Mosaic and Netscape web browsers, and is co-founder of several web technology enterprises. His son John Arrillaga, Jr. is married to Justine Stamen Arrillaga, founder of the TEAK Fellowship.

Some years after the death of his first wife, Arrillaga married Gioia Fasi, a former lawyer from Honolulu, Hawaii, and they reside in Portola Valley, California.

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