Backlash against Equinox and SoulCycle fitness clubs reverberated across social media last week as consumers voiced disapproval of billionaire owner Stephen Ross’s $250,000-per-ticket Hamptons fundraiser for President Donald Trump.
Ross, a fellow New York real-estate tycoon, is chairman and founder of Related Companies, and owner of the Miami Dolphins. Related Companies is parent company of Equinox, SoulCycle, Blink Fitness, and PURE Yoga.
RSE Ventures, a venture capital firm co-founded by Ross, has also invested in VaynerMedia, Momofuku, Bluestone Lane, Drone Racing League, Relevent Sports Group, Omaze, NextVR, and Lola. (Momofuku’s David Chang donated all of the profits on Friday, Aug. 9 to various organizations including Planned Parenthood.)
While CEOs and other leaders of consumer-facing brands have been careful around showing support for political candidates, Ross isn’t exactly the only prominent business person who has supported Trump.
Here are other business leaders and founders who have thrown dollars behind the president.