David Murdock

About David Murdock

Birth Day: April 11, 1923
Birth Place: Ventura, California, United States
Occupation: Chairman and CEO of Dole Food Company Founder of the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI) Owner of Castle & Cooke --Owner of Pacific Clay
Spouse(s): Gabriele Murdock (m. 1967–1985) (widowed) Tracy Murdock (m. 1999)
Children: Eugene Murdock (deceased) David Murdock Jr. (deceased) Justin Murdock

David Murdock

David Murdock was born on April 11, 1923 in Ventura, California, United States. David Murdock is the chairman of privately-held Dole Food Products and Castle & Cooke. Murdock has controlled Dole since 1985, and in April 2017 Dole filed to go public for the third time. After a stint in the army during World War II, he made a small profit buying and selling a diner; later, he developed property in Arizona. Through Castle & Cooke holdings, he still owns a collection of residential and commercial properties in Arizona, California, and Hawaii. He has a collection of Arabian horses.
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Occupation Food and Beverage
Age 101 years old
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Born April 11, 1923 (Ventura, California, United States)
Birthday April 11
Town/City Ventura, California, United States
Nationality United States

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David Murdock’s zodiac sign is Taurus. According to astrologers, Taurus is practical and well-grounded, the sign harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

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Murdock was born on April 11, 1923, in Kansas City, Missouri. His Father was a traveling salesman, while his mother took up laundry and scrubbed floors to make ends meet. He is the middle child of three; he had two sisters. He was particularly close to his mother, who died at 42 from cancer. He grew up in Montgomery Township, Ohio, and dropped out of high school in the 9th grade. He was drafted by the United States Army in 1943 during World War II.


When the real estate market collapsed in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles where he continued developing real estate opportunities, leading to a string of acquisitions. In 1978 he acquired control of International Mining. In early 1980s he became the largest shareholder in L.A. based Occidental Petroleum, by selling the corporation his 18% share of the Iowa Beef Packers company.


Murdock owned Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, North Carolina, from 1982, after the death of Charles Cannon, until 1985, when he sold the company to Fieldcrest.


He has helped contribute to the redevelopment of a 5,800,000-square-foot (540,000 m) complex in Kannapolis, North Carolina, of a biotechnology research center, the North Carolina Research Campus. The research center is a joint public-private venture, involving major North Carolina universities and private investment. The site of the research center in the middle of Kannapolis was formerly occupied by Plant #1 of Cannon Mills (which became Pillowtex after a series of mergers and acquisitions). Pillowtex filed for bankruptcy in 2003, and closed the mill. This resulted in the largest mass layoff of workers in North Carolina history. Murdock acquired the site and demolished the mill in 2006.


Since the death of his third wife, Gabriele, he has been involved to finding a cure for cancer, advancing nutrition, and life extension. He established the Dole Nutrition Institute to advocate the benefits of a plant-based diet to promote health and prevent disease. With the help of UCLA, he oversaw the writing of the Encyclopedia of Foods, A Guide to Healthy Nutrition. In 2006, he opened the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI).


He has been married five times. In 1967, he married his third wife, Gabriele; they had two children together and he also adopted her son from a previous marriage, Eugene. Gabriele was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1983 and died in 1985. A year later, Eugene died after hitting his head while swimming in the family estate's swimming pool. In 2004 his son David Jr. died in an auto accident on the Santa Monica Freeway. His remaining son Justin serves as CEO and executive chairman of NovaRx and is senior vice President of Investments for Castle & Cooke. Previously, he was a Director at the Dole Food Company, as well as their audit and Finance committee until his retirement on May 17, 2013. In 2011, Forbes ranked David Sr. as the 190th-richest person in the "Forbes 400" list and 613th in the "World's Billionaires" list, with a net worth of US$2.4 billion as of March 2013.

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