University of Southern California

Edward Roski
Chairman & CEO
Company: 
Majestic Realty Co.

Edward P. Roski, Jr. is chairman and chief executive officer of one of the oldest and largest privately held real estate companies in the United States. Rated as the No. 1 Real Estate Developer in Los Angeles for over fifteen years, Majestic owns manages and leases in excess of 70,000,000-sq. ft. of property for clients across the nation.

As co-owner of the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers, Mr. Roski’s expertise in real estate development played a key role in the development of the team’s new arena. From its inception, Majestic led the L.A. Arena Company’s efforts to create the STAPLES Center- now a landmark in Downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Roski also owns The Silverton Hotel and Casinos in Las Vegas, as well as Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Perhaps even more impressive than his accomplishments in business, are Ed Roski’s relentless efforts on behalf of the community. In 2002 he initiated the Majestic Realty Foundation, whose charitable giving and community outreach focuses on youth, family, education, health, and violence prevention. But his generosity goes far beyond philanthropy. Mr. Roski gives his time and energy to countless civic organizations.

Ed Roski takes an active role in the city’s cultural and educational development, serving on the boards of LACMA, the Bowers Museum, The California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. Mr. Roski also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Geographic Society, one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations in the world.

For his service to the community, Roski has received numerous awards and civic honors, including: Project Restore’s Los Angeles Heritage Award, for his commitment to the restoration of downtown Los Angeles, and the Spirit of Los Angeles Award (Eddy Award) from the Los Angeles Headquarters Association for his civic involvement and dedication; The City of Hope awarded him their prestigious “The Spirit of Life” Award. He was honored with the Oxford cup from the General Fraternity of Beta Theta Pi for distinguished service and achievement, and the University of Southern California awarded Mr. Roski the Asa V. Call Award, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the University and the community by giving generously of their time, energy and leadership. In 2006, he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, and he was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as the 2007 Businessman of the Year.

Aside his social and professional endeavors, Ed Roski’s great love is travel.

His passion for adventure has entitled him to be a member of the famed Explorers Club. He has climbed to Base Camp at Mt. Everest, K2, and Mt. Kilimanjaro, rode his bike across Mongolia, Russia, and Burma, and has made several deep water dives throughout New Guinea.

Mr. Roski was born in Oklahoma and raised in Southern California where he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and real estate. He served as an officer in the United States Marines from 1962 to 1966 where he was decorated for bravery with two purple hearts. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Gayle Garner Roski, with whom he has three children and five grandchildren.