Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
Does Doug Manchester's Spousal Split-Up Provide Clues to Intentions for the Union-Tribune?
Doug Manchester has been in the news as of late, and considering he just purchased the city's sole daily newspaper, chances are he will be in the news for some time.
"Papa Doug" is said to have purchased the Union-Tribune for around $110 million. That's a big purchase considering that just three years ago, while in the midst of a messy separation with his wife of 43 years, Manchester testified that he had no "positive income" and was losing millions of dollars a month, and had even asked the court if he could make tax-free payments to his wife.
The testimony raises questions about the hotel mogul's purchase of the Union-Tribune and his intentions for the future of the paper.
During the court proceedings, Manchester testified that in 2008 he was losing $5.2 million a month for a total loss of $63 million. His companies weren't doing much better. In his deposition, Manchester said his hotels were "under water" financially, losing more than $190 million, $28 million in actual cash losses, in 2008.
Because of the rocky financial landscape, Manchester testified that he was forced to sell his four vacation homes, and his company was forced to sell the private jet that he had partial ownership of.
But lawyers for Elizabeth Manchester said things weren't all that bad for Papa Doug. They disputed the figures, saying that Manchester's financial entities generated over $210 million in revenues during 2008. According to court documents, in 2007 he shelled out $550,000 for his 65th birthday bash. The following year his daughter's wedding cost him "between $500,000 to $1 million". And then there's the $125,000 he spent on Proposition 8.
In July 2009, Manchester reported his personal cash worth was just under $57 million.
The court documents from Papa Doug's separation paints a different financial picture than just a person willing to jump in the newspaper business for the fun of it.
More like this:
- Doing the Doug Manchester dodge — July 28, 2014
- Business Journal Says Manchester Has Purchased North County Times — Sept. 10, 2012
- Papa's Got A Brand New Rag — Nov. 18, 2011
- Manchester Purchase of Union-Tribune Raises Questions of Timing — Nov. 17, 2011
- "Papa" Doug Manchester Continues Political Giving — Sept. 30, 2011