Ryan Kavanaugh

NET WORTH: $50 million

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Relativity Media

FUNDING AREAS: Children & Education, Animals, Medical Research, Jewish Causes

OVERVIEW: Ryan Kavanaugh and family engage in philanthropy via their Kavanaugh Family Foundation, which supports protecting and rescuing animals, education, and other causes. Recent apparent grantmaking out of the foundation has been modest, though the Kavanaughs may have other more direct avenues of giving.

BACKGROUND: Ryan Kavanaugh studied at the University of California. He began his entertainment industry career working on slate-financing arrangements for major studios. He founded Relativity Media in 2004 and serves as its co-CEO. Relativity Studios has produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box-office revenue and earning 60 Oscar nominations. Kavanaugh has been on the Forbes billionaire list.


CHILDREN & EDUCATION:  The Kavanaughs via their foundation have supported organizations like Fulfillment Fund, whose goal is to empower youth through education.

ANIMALS: Kavanaugh supports Dog for Dog, which feeds dogs in need. Kavanaugh also acquired FreeHand, a pet food company working to end euthanasia for the nearly four million animals each year that live in shelters and pounds, waiting to find a caring home. 

MEDICAL RESEARCH: Kavanaugh is involved with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, whose board of governors honored him with the 2010 Hollywood Humanitarian Award. It is unclear what funds have flowed through this grantmaking category. Kavanaugh supports The Art of Elysium, which encourages actors, artists, and musicians to work with children battling serious medical conditions.

LOOKING FORWARD: Kavanaugh is only in his 40s and is very much engaged in business, but greater grantmaking may come down the line.


The Kavanaugh Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the family but below is an address

Kavanaugh Family Foundation
16030 Ventura Blvd., Ste.380
Encino, CA United States 91436