Relativity Media, whose activities included digital media, releasing music, managing sports teams, producing and distributing films and television, and financing them, was founded and led by Ryan Kavanaugh. More than 200 films were produced, released, or had finance arranged by Relativity. These films brought in more than $17 billion at the box office worldwide and received 60 Oscar nominations. Kavanaugh received the Variety Showman of the Year award in 2011. He received the 2010 Leadership Award from The Hollywood Reporter, and at the 13th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala, he received the 2009 Hollywood Producer of the Year Award.
Ryan Kavanaugh served as The Art of Elysium’s board chairman, which encourages artists to lend their time and skills to children with life-threatening illnesses. He is the recipient of the 2011 Entertainment Industry Award from the Anti-Defamation League as well as the Hollywood Humanitarian Award from the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The Sheriff’s Youngsters Foundation Community Champion Award was given to Kavanaugh in appreciation of his commitment to assisting inner-city youth.
Kavanaugh was reared in the Brentwood district of Los Angeles, California, and attended Brentwood High School. He was born to a Jewish family and raised there. His father, a former dentist who is now a businessman and was born in Germany, is a real estate dealer. Before the birth of his kid, his father changed his last name to Kavanaugh. When Kavanaugh was six years old, he started buying stock.
Kavanaugh attended UCLA and UC Santa Barbara before leaving in 1996. In 2012, Kavanaugh threatened legal action against The New Yorker for its coverage of him, which included the publication’s claim that he had dropped out of college. According to Kavanaugh, he “is a UCLA official graduate and is presently enrolled in a PhD programme at USC.” The reporting of The New Yorker was unwavering. Later sources claimed that Kavanaugh completed his degree in 2012, however according to The Wall Street Journal, there is no record of his enrolling in USC courses.