Photos: Eli Broad, philanthropist, art collector, builder, created part of the Los Angeles landscape

Eli Broad, a self-made billionaire, philanthropist and art collector who started two Fortune 500 companies and used his wealth to shape Los Angeles’ cultural landscape, playing a pivotal role in building institutions such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art before establishing his own museum in the heart of the city, died aged 87 after a long illness.

Active and always looking forward until late in life, Broad died Friday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his spokesperson. A cause was not given.

With a fortune estimated by Forbes at $6.9 billion, the New York native who made California his home more than 50 years ago prospered in the homebuilding and insurance industries before devoting his fortune to a series of ambitious civic projects, often setting the agenda for what was to come in LA

Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, outside their Brentwood home in 2019.

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    Eli Broad at a construction site

Eli Broad at a ceremony during the construction of the Broad Museum in 2013.

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Eli Broad, in a suit and tie, stands in front of a large abstract painting.

Eli Broad is pictured at home in 2019 in front of Cy Twombly’s ‘Untitled (Munich/Rome)’ (1972), which is part of Broad’s extensive art collection.

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Gray Davis, left, Richard Riordan, center, and Eli Broad

Broad with Governor Gray Davis, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, center, at the announcement of the 2000 Democratic National Convention to be held at the Staples Center in LA

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Eli Broad ducks as Antonio Villaraigosa uses a marker to sign a steel beam.

Eli Broad, left, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signing a beam that will be placed atop the Broad Museum in 2013.

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Sitting on a stage with Frank Gehry, Eli Broad speaks into a microphone.

Eli Broad, left, with architect Frank Gehry at a groundbreaking ceremony in February 2019 for The Grand, the mixed-use development in downtown Los Angeles designed by Gehry.

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Eli Broad speaks on a podium in front of a building facade in the shape of a honeycomb with two vertical red stripes.

Eli Broad at the Civic Dedication and Dedication to celebrate the opening of the Broad Museum on September 18, 2015.

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Eli Broad poses for a photo in a cavernous space with curved, shaded walls.

Eli Broad stands inside his eponymous museum in 2015.

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Eli Broad leans on a stepladder with one hand as he gazes at a large painting.

Eli Broad looks at a painting by Jorg Immendorff titled “Nachtmantel,” which is part of the Eli and Edythe Broad Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Eli and Edythe Broad pose in front of an illustration of an American flag.

Eli and Edythe Broad are pictured in their Los Angeles home with a piece by Jasper Johns.

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Eli Broad, hands in his pockets, leans against a white wall next to a gray metal sculpture on a plinth.

Eli Broad, at his home in Los Angeles, with “Rabbit” by Jeff Koons.

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Eli Broad stands in front of a metal sculpture against a backdrop of shrubs and trees.

Eli Broad with a stainless steel sculpture by David Smith titled “Cubi XXVIII” at Broad in Los Angeles.

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Eric Garretti and Eli Broad shake hands.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti greets Eli Broad, alongside Frank Gehry, center, at a ceremony for the Grand Avenue project on February 11, 2019.

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A close up of an opening in the outside of the wide wall.

A large dimple along the facade of the Broad Museum, which its architects called an “oculus”, marks the location of a second-floor lecture hall facing Grand Avenue.

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A view from outside the Broad.

The Broad Museum, with its honeycomb facade, is on display ahead of its opening in September 2015.

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Eli Broad sits in an armchair in front of an oversized black and white striped painting.

Eli Broad in front of Sean Scully’s “Conversation, 1986” painting at the Broad Foundation offices in February 2009.

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Eli Broad, in a suit and tie, in front of a large, brightly colored painting.

Eli Broad stands in front of “Purist Still Life” by Roy Lichtenstein.

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