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Mr. Keith Barish

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Manufacturer's National Bank of Hialeah

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    KB Technology
  • Co-Founder
    Planet Hollywood International Inc.
  • Founder
    Planet Hollywood


  • Brearley School
97 Total References
Web References
Keith Barish - Private Investment Firm Managing Director Keith Barish | Barish Fund, 22 April 2008 [cached]
Keith Barish | William Keller | Lisa Long Adler |
Keith Barish, Partner
Keith Barish is an entrepreneur, investor and marketing innovator.He has founded and built a substantial number of businesses in entertainment, real estate, and finance.Barish focuses on opportunities to rapidly determine and develop profit from national trends.Keith Barish began his diverse career while he was still in college.In 1965, at the age of 20, he founded Manufacturer's National Bank of Hialeah.In 1966, he founded an international real estate fund that became one of the largest purchasers of income properties in the United States.This fund eventually controlled over $1 billion dollars in commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States.
Throughout the 1970's, Mr. Barish was involved in finance and venture capital.In 1979, he decided to enter the entertainment industry.During his career in the entertainment industry, Mr. Barish was consistently a self-financing producer of major feature films.In 1979, Keith Barish set a new industry record when he paid $750,000 for the movie rights to Sophie's Choice.In 1986, Barish struck a $200,000,000 a year deal with Taft Broadcasting and Tri-Star Pictures which allowed him total creative authority over all of his productions.He produced 18 major feature films.Two of these ("Nine and a Half Weeks" and "The Fugitive") are among the 100 top box office films of all time.The Fugitive alone grossed over $1 billion.He was the industry leader in the development of marketing campaigns for his films.His films won or were nominated for 24 Academy Awards, and other industry recognition.
Mr. Barish founded, branded and served as the Chairman of Planet Hollywood.Keith Barish created an innovative brand launch strategy for the company and was credited for making Planet Hollywood, over a short period of time, one of the most highly recognized brands in the world.After completing the marketing and branding campaign, and having no involvement in the operations, he left Planet Hollywood in 1998.
After leaving Planet Hollywood, Mr. Barish founded KB Technology, which invested in and launched marketing campaigns for several technology companies.Keith Barish's charitable endeavors include such causes as pediatric cancer research, the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, The Special Olympics and Inner City Games, and the Make a Wish Foundation.Utilizing his celebrity relationships he has raised over $50,000,000 in charitable contributions for these and other causes.Mr. Barish now focuses his fulltime efforts to serve as a Managing Partner of the Barish Fund.
Keith Barish can be contacted via email through Sarah Knobelauch at
Planet Hollywood To File Chapter 11, 1 Aug 1999 [cached]
Keith Barish left the company in March, resigning as a board member after selling nearly half of his stock. Barish started the venture in 1991 with Earl and actors Stallone, Demi Moore, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.
Headlines/Breaking News from Orlando Business Journal -, 13 Aug 2005 [cached]
Keith Barish has resigned as chairman of Orlando-based Planet Hollywood International Inc., saying the move was timely because of the company's recent addition of William Baumhauer as president and chief operating officer.
Barish, who will be succeeded by CEO Robert Earl, will remain on the company's board of directors.
Headlines/Breaking News from Orlando Business Journal -, 8 June 2005 [cached]
It's the second blow in as many weeks for Orlando-based Planet Hollywood co-founder Keith Barish quit the board last week.
From Heavy Metal to High Society, 29 Dec 2003 [cached]
N the sitting room of Ann Barish's Park Avenue penthouse, pride of place goes to a portrait of Mrs. Barish by a 26-year-old painter named Helen Garber.
Mrs. Barish sat last week on a floral chintz sofa under the portrait, facing a LÈger on the opposite wall."I always wanted a portrait, but I didn't want to sit in a velvet dress with pearls," she said."I definitely didn't want a John Singer Sargent."In the portrait, Mrs. Barish, who gives her age as early 50's, is on the telephone, her hair an exaggerated blond.
Yet for the last four years, while building a modest reputation in the art world for her portraits of bikers, tattoo artists and heavy-metal groupies, Ms. Garber has supported herself largely through commissions from uptown patrons, including Mrs. Barish and her friends.
Several of the subjects, like Mrs. Barish, have become friends.
"I've met some very interesting people uptown," she said.
Mrs. Barish grew up on Park Avenue, attended the Brearley School and is married to Keith Barish, a film producer and a founder of Planet Hollywood.
In her penthouse sitting room, Mrs. Barish offered water in a monogrammed crystal glass, along with an opinion about Ms. Garber's tattoo.She thought it a bit much.Specifically, she worried about the health consequences of so much tattoo ink; already, Ms. Garber had postponed some of her weekly tattoo sessions because she thought they had contributed to swelling in her lymph nodes.
When Mrs. Barish met Ms. Garber four years ago, at a party at the Polish Embassy, she was immediately taken by the younger woman's poise and vitality."I thought she had so much pizazz," Mrs. Barish said."We hit it off."The two women started going to museums together and talking about art.They became close, despite the differences in their ages and backgrounds.Mrs. Barish brought Ms. Garber to uptown restaurants and parties.
Mrs. Barish, who hinted at a wild streak in her past, was an art history major in college.She found Ms. Garber surprisingly well versed in the classics."Her technique is really old-fashioned," she said.Titian, Giotto and van Eyck all worked in grisaille.
The two considered having the objects appear in a convex mirror, as in Jan van Eyck's "Arnolfini Marriage" (1434), but decided instead to place them around Mrs. Barish, almost pushing her into the background.
Mrs. Barish brought some of her friends to a March 2000 exhibition of Ms. Garber's biker portraits at the Bronwyn Keenan Gallery in SoHo, and later to the same gallery for an exhibition of portraits of rock groupies."Those shows were rough ó which I like," Mrs. Barish said.
"I saw a few faces of Upper East Side matrons go like this," Mrs. Barish added, dropping her jaw in mock horror.
Mrs. Barish, for her part, is ready for her close-up."People always told me how women did portraits with all their diamonds," she said.
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