As the longtime head of marketing at one of Hollywood’s top studios, Blair Rich is accustomed to getting what she wants. And apparently that applies outside the boardroom, too — when Rich recently stumbled across her dream home on Malibu’s Point Dume, she wasn’t dissuaded by the fact it had already been sold to another buyer.
Last August, the house was put on the market for just under $6 million, and it sold in November for $5.5 million to an anonymous celebrity who never even got a chance to move into the place. Along came Rich with an offer too good to refuse, and less than four months later, the property was hers — records reveal the veteran industry exec paid $6.1 million, a hefty $600,000 profit for the seller, all for a very brief ownership and zero renovations.
The timing of Rich’s Malibu home purchase also comes mere weeks after her highly-publicized departure from Warner Bros., her professional home of 23 years. While the official PR word is that Rich stepped away from her cushy role as the studio’s president of worldwide marketing, industry chatter has been rife with speculation that she was forced out, amid several recent box office bombs and reported friction between her and Warner’s chairman Toby Emmerich.
Whatever the case, Rich still left Warner Bros with an enviable résumé under her Prada belt — the 46-year-old is widely credited for the slick and witty marketing campaigns of “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Aquaman,” and “The Joker,” three films that did a combined $2.4 billion at the international box office. Rich, who primarily resides in Los Feliz with husband Zev Foreman, has since moved on to a new advisor role at Virgin Galactic.
In addition to her own industry status, Rich is the daughter of the late Lee Rich — a powerful Hollywood producer whose work included the TV shows “Dallas,” “Knots Landing,” and “The Waltons.”