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Billionaire Donald Bren, adult children square off in messy court battle

August 15, 2010 |  1:43 pm

la-fi-brenBillionaire land developer Donald L. Bren has a reputation as a major political donor and a generous philanthropist. But two of his children from a former girlfriend are alleging that the Irvine Co. chairman was stingy with their child support.

Their years-long legal battle is expected to go to trial this week. Bren's children, Christie, 22, and David, 18, are seeking retroactive child support in the amount of $400,000 a month each.

The potentially massive payments are deserved, their attorney says, given the $3 million to $5 million per month they contend Bren was spending during years he would have been paying formal child support. Bren's attorney disputed that amount.

The bitter civil claim has proved to be a rare window into Bren's fortune.

In court records, former girlfriend Jennifer McKay Gold described a luxurious lifestyle, including a fleet of five jets with two full-time pilots, a 240-foot yacht with a crew, lavish homes in Bel-Air and Orange County, a ranch in Idaho and a large staff of servants.

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-- Robert Faturechi

Photo: Donald Bren. Credit: Los Angeles Times