Pop culture marketing mover and shaker Bozoma Saint John has spent the last 20 years working in the C-suite of some of the most successful brands on the planet. In addition to top posts at Pepsi-Cola, Apple Music and Beats Music, Saint John spent a little under a year as the chief brand officer for Uber before she moved on to an influential post as chief marketing officer at the high-powered entertainment agency Endeavor.
No doubt the Connecticut-born superstar exec, who spent her early childhood in Ghana before her family settled in Colorado, was bringing home some serious and well-deserved bacon at Endeavor but she jumped ship last year when the juggernaut streamer Netflix came a-calling with a chief marketing officer title and, perhaps more importantly, “a roughly $7 million payday”.
As those who climb to the top of the corporate ladder often do, Saint John has steadily beefed up her small but growing L.A. property portfolio, most recently with the $5.2 million purchase of a beachfront home in Malibu.
Sitting on a rocky stretch of beach at the eastern end of Malibu’s 21-mile stretch of coastline, the ocean washes up against the turreted house’s 40-some feet of bulkhead during high tides. Connected by a winding, open-tread staircase, there are three and potentially four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in just over 2,500 light-filled square feet that showcases vaulted exposed wood ceilings and a couple of river-stone fireplaces. Three slender terraces all but hang over the surf, one on each floor, and offer the exact sorts of salt-licked sunrise, sunset and ocean views that entice people to plunk down many millions of dollars for an ocean-front home set just a few measly feet from the frequently traffic-packed Pacific Coast Highway.
The home’s main living spaces include a living room that spills out to a tiled terrace and, a few steps up and overlooking the living room, an updated kitchen is arranged around a work island with a window-lined dining bay.
There are two bedrooms and a bathroom, plus a powder room just off the main living spaces, while an airy, bi-level family room — a potential fourth bedroom — is perched high on the top floor with a tile-faced fireplace and French doors to a small balcony with ship-like horizon views. The main bedroom occupies the entirety of the lower level with a stone fireplace, a tiled terrace, and an extra-deep soaking tub positioned to take advantage of the mesmerizing views.
Once Spike Lee’s assistant, Saint John has owned a home in Los Angeles for at least the last seven or so years. Tax records show she’s held on to a modest two-bedroom townhouse-style condo in a vast complex in Marina del Rey since 2014 when she picked it up for about $710,000, and almost two and a half years ago she upgraded to a $3.2 million 1930s Colonial Revival residence nipped down a quiet, leafy cul-de-sac in tony Hancock Park.