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Last Updated: November 14, 2023

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Boardroom, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s premier media brand covering the business of sports, music, and entertainment, are teaming up to produce CNBC x Boardroom Game Plan, an all-new, high-powered event taking place on July 25 in Los Angeles. Today, we’re highlighting featured speaker Rich Kleiman, co-founder and CEO of Boardroom and 35V. Click here to view the full list of CNBC x Boardroom Game Plan speakers.

Sports and entertainment entrepreneur Rich Kleiman is Boardroom’s co-founder and Kevin Durant‘s longtime manager and business partner. Thanks to Wale, the duo first synced at a Jay-Z concert at Madison Square Garden when Durant was 19 years old and playing for the Seattle SuperSonics, the team more affectionately now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kleiman and Durant’s relationship organically grew, and they went on to co-found 35V in 2016, a company that incorporates their business entities, including Durant’s personal brand and on-court contracts, venture capital investments, and Boardroom, a media network that covers the business of sports, music, and entertainment. 35V’s investment portfolio includes over 100 early-stage investments across sports, technology, finance, media, and more. The duo also has ownership stakes in Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, National Women’s Soccer League’s Gotham FC, and Major League Pickeball’s Brooklyn Aces.

In addition to serving as an executive producer on award-winning film and television projects, Kleiman also hosts his own show at Boardroom, Out of Office, where he sits down with a wide range of leaders in sports, entertainment, and business.

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Rich Kleiman’s Game Plan

Background & Career

  • Native New Yorker and Upper West Sider
  • 2022: Invested in Major League Pickleball as co-owner of Brooklyn Aces
  • 2022: Invested in Athletes Unlimited
  • 2022: Purchased minority stake in NWSL club NJ/NY Gotham FC
  • 2020: Purchased minority stake in MLS club Philadelphia Union
  • 2020: Purchased minority stake in MLS club Philadelphia Union
  • 2019: Co-founded Boardroom
  • 2016: Co-founded 35V
  • 2013: Became Durant’s agent/manager
  • 2013: Helped launch Roc Nation Sports, serving as agency’s Vice President
  • 2008: Joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agency as a music manager

Accomplishments & Milestones

  • Member on the board of directors at New Heights Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to sports-based youth development and education in New York City
  • Executive Director of the Durant Family Foundation, a nonprofit that supports underserved and low-income families and youth across the globe
  • Executive Producer of Sports Emmy-nominated 2022 documentary NYC Point Gods, Apple TV+ original series Swagger (2021-present), Academy Award-winning 2020 short film Two Distant Strangers, and 2020 documentary Basketball County: In the Water
  • Producer of 2004 Jay-Z documentary Fade To Black
  • As a music manager, represented top artists like Mark Ronson, Solange, Meek Mill, and Wale

Click here to learn more about Boardroom and CNBC’s Game Plan event and find out how you can sign up today.

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