David H. Murdock
Castle & Cooke, Inc. is privately held by David H. Murdock who also serves as chairman, president and chief executive officer. Castle & Cooke was listed on the New York Stock Exchange prior to being taken private by Mr. Murdock in 2000.
Castle & Cooke is primarily involved in real estate development and ownership, transportation equipment leasing, trucking, brick and building materials manufacturing and other investments.
Among Castle & Cooke’s greatest assets are its plentiful land and real estate holdings, much of which can be traced back more than 150 years to when Samuel Northrup Castle and Amos Starr Cooke began their business partnership by operating a general store in Hawai’i. The spirit, vision , integrity and perseverance of these two men sparked the formation of a company that grew to global proportions over the years.
Headquartered in Los Angeles since 1968, Mr. Murdock’s businesses and investments have continually grown and prospered. Mr. Murdock, a creative thinker and innovative leader, is the first to credit his team for the success the company enjoys today. While still a builder of significant size, the company’s major growth can be attributed to the acquisition of publicly traded companies. The Murdock team has acquired many private companies and taken numerous publicly traded companies private, including FCA Industries, Pacific Holding Corporation, International Mining Corporation, Pato Consolidated Mining, Cannon Mills, Continental Group, Flexi-Van Leasing, Castle & Cooke, and Dole Food Company.
Sherwood Development Company, L.P., a California limited partnership, is the “developer” of the Sherwood project. It is a separate entity from Dole Food Company, Inc. and Castle & Cooke, Inc. Those entities are not the developer.
Sherwood Development Company is a real estate development subsidiary of parent company, Castle & Cooke, Inc located in Thousand Oaks, California.
David H Murdock consistently ranks as one of Forbes magazine’s top 500 most affluent individuals in the world.