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Ken Grossman (born 11 November 1954) is an American billionaire businessman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Ken Grossman
Born (1954-11-11) 11 November 1954 (age 64)
Southern California, US
ResidenceChico, California, US
Alma materButte College
OccupationFounder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Net worth$1.0 billion (March 2015)[1]
Spouse(s)Katie Gonser


Early lifeEdit

Grossman was born to a Jewish family[2][3] in southern California on 11 November 1954.[4][5] He studied at Butte College.[6]


In 1978, Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California with Paul Camusi.[1] In 1998, he bought out Camusi.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Grossman and his wife Katie (née Gonser)[8] have three children and live in Chico, California. His son Brian and daughter Sierra will run the company when he retires.[7] His son Brian moved to North Carolina to manage the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, North Carolina which began production in 2014.[9] His wife Katie is a teetotaler.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Ken Grossman". Forbes. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  2. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Jews and Beer" by Leah Koenig August 3, 2010
  3. ^ Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Forbes’ billionaires list features new and old Jewish faces" By Gabe Friedman March 2, 2015
  4. ^ Rivera, Ernesto (29 October 2014). "Q&A: Ken Grossman, owner, founder and president of Sierra Nevada". The Orion. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. 9 September 2011. pp. 409–. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Ken Grossman - Founder/Owner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Butte College". CCC. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Coffey, Brendan (20 January 2015). "Sierra Nevada Founder Grossman Becomes Billionaire on Pale Ales". Bloomberg. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  8. ^ California State Chico: "Grossman Family Contributes $5,000 to SAGE for Environmental Stewardship Prizes" by Joe Wills December 11, 2007
  9. ^ Johnson, Julie (18 January 2014). "Pull up a stool with Brian Grossman". All About Beer Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2015.