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Zack O'Malley Greenburg - A-List Angels
Please join us on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00pm. Breakwater Books is pleased to host an outdoor book-signing with Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of A-List Angels, preceded by a conversation with his former colleague from Forbes, journalist Daniel Fisher.
How Hollywood Cashed in on the Latest Tech Boom—and Changed the Face of Silicon Valley.
When Ashton Kutcher first heard about 50 Cent’s nine-figure Vitaminwater windfall in 2007, the actor realized he’d been missing out. He soon followed the rapper’s formula—seeking equity instead of cash for endorsement deals—but with a twist: as the first person to top 1 million Twitter followers, Kutcher leveraged his social reach to accumulate stakes in a vast range of user-hungry tech startups.
A decade later, Kutcher is perhaps the brightest in a firmament of star investors from Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez. Bartering credibility and connections in exchange for early (and often discounted) access to the world’s most coveted investment opportunities, this diverse group changed the face of venture capital while amassing portfolios packed with companies like Airbnb, Spotify, and Uber. But how did two once-dissonant universes—Silicon Valley and Hollywood—become intertwined?
Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg told the first chapter of Kutcher’s transformation for the magazine’s cover story in 2016. Now he offers a lively, page-turning account of how this motley crew of talent managers, venture capitalists, and celebrities helped the creative class forge a brand-new blueprint for generational wealth. Through extensive reporting and exclusive interviews with more than 100 key players—including Shaq, Nas, Joe Montana, Sophia Bush, Steve Aoki, Tony Gonzalez, and dozens of behind-the-scenes power brokers—Greenburg sheds light on the unlikely group that fundamentally transformed the value of fame.
“An inspirational tale of the unlikely bunch that not only cracked the code for startup investing, but also brought a much-needed infusion of diversity to Silicon Valley. It’s an essential-read for entrepreneurs, creatives, investors—and anyone who loves great storytelling.” —Arianna Huffington
Zack O'Malley Greenburg is senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and author of four books. His latest, A-List Angels, was published in 2020 by Little, Brown. Previously, he penned 3 Kings, Michael Jackson, Inc. and the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind. Zack’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Vibe, Billboard, Sports Illustrated, McSweeney's and the Library of Congress; he's been a source for BBC, NPR, MTV and 60 Minutes, and a speaker at SXSW, CES, TEDx, Princeton and Harvard.
A former child actor, Zack played the title role in Lorenzo's Oil (1992); after bombing his Anakin Skywalker audition, he retired to spend more time playing little league. He graduated Yale in 2007 with an American Studies degree and joined Forbes, where he’s since penned covers on the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, A-Rod and Richard Branson, breaking stories from Kanye West’s billionaire statusto the existence of Wu-Tang Clan's secret album along the way. Zack has also pioneered Forbes franchises (30 Under 30 Music, Hip-Hop Cash Kings) while expanding existing ones (Celebrity 100) and creating properties beyond editorial (Under 30 Music Festival). He lives in New York with his wife, cats and too many bobblehead dolls.
Daniel Fisher is a freelance writer and communications consultant with Walden Consultants LLC. He was a senior editor at Forbes magazine for nearly 20 years and a reporter for Bloomberg Business News before that. A Guilford native, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Tulane University and was a Knight fellow at Yale Law.
This event will be held outdoors in the expansive backyard of a local store, within a three minute walk of Breakwater Books. We are limiting the number of attendees and requiring pre-registration by email. To keep everyone safe, chairs will be socially distanced, and masks will be required until you take your seat. The address of the event will be provided on September 10th by email to all pre-registered guests.
Books will be available at the store starting August 26, 2020. We encourage guests to pre-purchase books by phone or email. Purchases at the event will be by credit card, cash or check only.