|Born||1937 (age 81–82)|
|Residence||Portola Valley, California, US|
|Occupation||Real estate developer|
|Net worth||US $ 2.5 billion (October 2018)|
Frances Marion Cook Arrillaga
(m. 1968; her death 1995)
Gioia Fasi Arrillaga
|Children||2, including Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen|
|Relatives||Marc Andreessen (son-in-law)|
John Arrillaga is one of five children born into a lower-middle-class home with his mother, Freida, and father, Gabriel, who traced his roots to the Basque region. He attended Morningside High School in Inglewood, California and graduated in 1955. He attended Stanford University on a basketball scholarship, and was a first-team All-AAWU selection in 1960. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in geography (no longer offered) in 1960, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta.
In the 1960s, Arrillaga and business partner Richard Peery bought California farmland and converted it into office space. They became two of Silicon Valley's biggest commercial landlords with more than 12,000,000 square feet (1,100,000 m2).
In 2006, he sold 5,300,000 sq ft (490,000 m2) of his real estate holdings for roughly $1.1 billion.
He is known for his support of Stanford University. The alumni center, the Frances C. Arrillaga Building, is named in memory of his first wife, and various other athletic facilities carry his surname. In May 2006, Arrillaga gave $100 million to Stanford.
In 1968, Arrillaga married Frances Marion Cook Arrillaga, a teacher and librarian. She died on October 13, 1995 in her Palo Alto home of lung cancer, aged 54. They had two children together, John Jr and Laura. Their daughter Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is married to Marc Andreessen, who co-authored the Mosaic and Netscape web browsers, and is co-founder of several web technology enterprises. His son John Arrillaga, Jr. is married to Justine Stamen Arrillaga, founder of the TEAK Fellowship.
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