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Every American city has its power brokers, but only Los Angeles has an Eli Broad.

Mr. Broad dominates the arts here with a force that has no parallel in any major city. Los Angeles would literally not look the same had Mr. Broad not chosen it as his home 40 years ago, and his business-focused method of managing his giving has earned him a reputation as both a genius and a despot.

Now, as his preferred pick, Jeffrey Deitch, prepares to take the helm of another cultural pillar of Los Angeles — the Museum of Contemporary Art, which Mr. Broad helped found three decades ago and recently bailed out with a $30 million grant — Mr. Broad’s grip on the city and its arts has never been tighter.


Jennifer Steinhauer
New York Times