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April 13, 2021

My Neighbors

My buddy Steve out in Fruita sent me a text recently asking about one of my incredibly wealthy neighbors. I have a lot of rich neighbors, and it's hard to keep up with them, but I thought I'd try to document a few of them. To wit:

Jim Goff - 23084 N Turkey Creek Rd. Manager of the Janus Fund, 5th largest mutual fund in the world. 996-acre mountain property. Tore down a $5M house when he bought the property.

Richard Berry - 24503 Chris Drive Evergreen, Colorado. Heir to the Yellow Pages fortune. His 25,000-square-foot home on 80 acres is for sale for $20M.

Judy Jeronimus - Local real estate agent. Owns most of the buildings in downtown Evergreen. 23525 Lone Peak Trail.

Jeff Lyslo - Owns Black Mountain in Aspen Park, Colorado with his own private ski runs. Black Mountain Ski Area is the vision of a passionate property owner who wanted the ability to experience the finest powder skiing on his own 450-acre private property.

Ted Antenucci - Redeveloped the old Stapleton Airport with his company, the Catellus Group. Lives up Upper Bear Creek.

Keith Van Horn. Retired NBA professional basketball player lives just up the road from me in a little 10,000 sq foot house. 25954 North Turkey Creek Road Evergreen, CO

But the guy Steve was mentioning to me wasn't someone I was familiar with. A billionaire that lives next door that I wasn't even aware of. So, Margie and I drove over there today to check it out.

James Leprino
4041 Lakota Rd, Morrison, CO

REAL TIME NET WORTH as of 9/10/20: $3B
2020 Forbes 400 ranking: No. 278

"James Leprino owns the world's largest mozzarella cheese maker, with $3.5 billion in estimated annual sales. His Leprino Foods is the exclusive supplier of cheese to Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. After graduating high school in 1956, he started working with his father full-time at his market. In 1958, after larger chain grocery stores had forced the Leprino market to close, the Leprino Foods cheese empire started with $615. Today, Leprino Foods has more than 50 patents. Those innovations are essentially how Leprino created the "pizza cheese" that Americans eat today."

So, Margie and I drove over there tonight to check out his place. I'd actually been by it before, as it's on the way to Mt Falcon Park in Indian Hills. But, it's hard to tell from the road how large his place really is. Crazy. To get an idea of how large his place is, open the address in Google Maps and try to drag/drop the little yellow man from the lower right-hand corner of the screen to any place on the map. (Hint: You have to zoom out a lot to find a space you could can drop him.)

Posted by Rob Kiser on April 13, 2021 at 8:35 PM


It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It’s a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So let’s make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we’re together we might as well say,

Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?

Won’t you please,
Won’t you please?
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

Posted by: Mister Rogers on April 14, 2021 at 6:21 AM

Nice neighborhood! And...the world famous Rob Kiser lives there too!

Posted by: Steve on April 14, 2021 at 1:32 PM

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