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Mid 1970’s

In the mid-1970s, Raleigh continued to broaden its reach in new fields of business.  George developed a close relationship with Emilio Azcarraga Milo, the controlling shareholder and CEO of the Spanish Broadcasting behemoth, Televisa, SA. Raleigh partnered with Televisa to cater to the growing U.S.-based Latin-American community with a series of projects, including: Discos America, Casa America Foods and the Los Angeles Aztecs. Raleigh and Televisa also launched the first of its kind satellite-based, theatrical display platform, using Swiss-built Eidophor Projectors, that allowed for global simulcasting of major sporting events, concerts and seminars to a global audience in theaters around the globe.


In 1975, Raleigh acquired the first parcels of land that would ultimately become part of its 70-acre Jigsaw Ranch development in Aspen, Colorado.


In 1974, the ever-inquisitive Rosenthal was inspired by an ABC News white paper on the growing need for paper storage because of the increasing adoption of computer printers and copiers. Moving beyond typical moving and storage companies, he and a partner, Bob Purcell, created File Keepers, a dedicated records retention service, that responded to a growing need in a burgeoning digital era.  Over the ensuing nearly five decades, this company would become the premiere storage and data management company in Southern California with more than four million cubic feet of document storage and services such as shredding, digitization, electronic content management and business process optimization.


The company’s activities continued to scale into the seventies.  Its long-term vision for real estate investment was evidenced by its acquisition of a thousand-acre parcel of farmland on the Otay Mesa at the Mexican border early in the decade.  Unfortunately, the recession in the mid-70’s sapped the will of the investment group, and the property was sold.  In the coming years, parcels carved from this property would be sold for several hundred million dollars.  It was an early lesson in the importance of staying power for real estate investing.

This decade brought about a continuation of residential projects in Beverly Hills, with one remodel on Crescent Drive and one on Westwanda Drive.  Raleigh additionally completed one of the first condo-conversions in Beverly Hills.

During this decade, the company also created a 30-unit retirement community in Hemet, California called Sunrise Villas.


The year 1961 brought about a significant increase in the scale of Raleigh’s projects.  In that year, Raleigh formed a partnership with Playboy Enterprises in the creation of the Playboy corporate office and club on the Sunset Strip, an iconic high-rise tower which opened in 1963. Extending this partnership, Raleigh developed and built the Playboy Club in downtown San Francisco in the mid-1960’s.

Initially, the Playboy project in Los Angeles was to include a hotel.  However, as the Playboy brand was controversial in its early days, there were no lenders willing to become affiliated with the hotel aspect of the project.  Although George did not succeed in his efforts to finance a Playboy Hotel, he remained convinced that lodging for Playboy’s executives visiting from Chicago, and, more importantly, that visiting entertainers performing at the club on Sunset would supplement demand for hotel accommodations created by the other music venues along the Sunset Strip.  As a result, Raleigh opened the Sunset Marquis Hotel in 1963 just down the block from the club.  It was a pioneering “all-suite” hotel built with the longer-term lodging needs of entertainment performers in mind.  It was Raleigh’s first of many ventures in the hospitality industry. 

The expansion of Raleigh’s real estate activities accelerated throughout the sixties to match the explosive growth in Southern California. 

  • The company acquired 20-acres of land on Kearny Mesa in San Diego, which it subdivided for the development of a Volkswagen dealership and the offices for an Affiliate of Mexican Television Broadcast company, Televisa.
  • Raleigh developed and built the tropical-themed Islander Restaurant on La Cienega for Los Angeles restauranteur Bernard Toll, replete with an indoor tropical rainforest.

Never shy about new entrepreneurial ventures, Raleigh also launched a mortgage brokerage business in Los Angeles in partnership with Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company during the sixties.  That company both originated and serviced loans for the Southern California market.

While most of Raleigh’s activities during the sixties was as a merchant builder of real estate projects, it started to pursue a longer-term investment strategy, as well.  The shopping center in Altadena, an office building on Third Street and the Sunset Marquis Hotel, all remain in the company’s portfolio to this day – more than sixty years after they were completed.