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The Fisher Family - Life At the Top of The Food Chain
According to an “Anderson Valley Advertiser” article written by Will Parrish in 2016 -
“The Fisher family's roughly $10 billion in assets are spread across an opaque web of globe-spanning investments. One of their main money vehicles is Sansome Partners, the San Francisco- and Seattle-based investment firm that owns Mendocino Redwood Company and its northerly affiliate, Humboldt Redwood Company. The purpose of Sansome Partners, the company's web site proclaims, is to make “long-term investments in high-quality businesses and assets.”
Best known as owners of The Gap and Banana Republic retail clothing empire, family matriarch Doris Fisher and her sons Robert, William, and John (best known in some circles as the majority owner of the Oakland A's) are all billionaires. Within the Fishers' 440,000 acres of forestland in Humboldt, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties, the family may own more coastal redwood forest than any private entity ever has.
When the Fishers started gobbling up the North Coast's timberlands in 1998, many onlookers were mystified. At the time, the trendline for timber real estate seemed to be aiming in a single direction: down. The Timber Wars were still roiling. And the Fishers were already being stung by a wave of bad publicity regarding The Gap's use of sweatshop labor, which made them a target of burgeoning campaigns against corporate globalization.
Sandy Dean, a long-time Fisher family friend, was brought in to oversee the family's timber foray. Dean's most recent gig had been as a financial partner of none other than Richard Blum, the husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein, a billionaire investment banker. As with the Fishers, Blum's success has largely devolved from the financialization of the global economy, the sort of economic model that loomed large in the 2016 election season, involving as it does private capital's unfettered dominance of national economies and distant lands at the expense of organized labor and the ecological fabric that sustains life on earth.