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Who are Trump's friends? One is Thomas Barrack, a Californian who could shape his views on the Middle East

Who are Trump's friends? One is Thomas Barrack, a Californian who could shape his views on the Middle East

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. drew worldwide attention for bailing out Michael Jackson when the singer’s Neverland Ranch was on the brink of foreclosure.

A couple years later, Barrack’s purchase of Miramax studios with actor Rob Lowe and other partners vaulted him into the Hollywood elite. Barrack was chairman of Miramax for six years.

Now, Barrack’s close friendship with Donald Trump has made him one of the most influential Californians in the inner circle of the president-elect. Trump put Barrack in charge of planning his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Barrack is the founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital Inc., a Los Angeles investment giant that manages...

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