Ken Grossman
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Ken Grossman

Ken Grossman
Born (1954-11-11) November 11, 1954 (age 66)
Southern California, US
Alma materButte College
OccupationFounder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Net worth$1.0 billion (March 2015)[1]
Katie Gonser

Ken Grossman (born November 11, 1954) is an American billionaire businessman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Early life

Grossman was born to a Jewish family[2][3] in Winnetka (a suburb of the City of Los Angeles), California on November 11, 1954.[4][5] He studied at Butte College.[6]


In 1978, Grossman founded Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California with Paul Camusi.[1] In 1998, he bought out Camusi.[7]

Personal life

Grossman and his wife Katie (née Gonser)[8] have three children and live in Chico, California. His son Brian and daughter Sierra will run the company when he retires.[7] His son Brian moved to North Carolina to manage the new Sierra Nevada Brewery in Mills River, North Carolina which began production in 2014.[9] His wife Katie is a teetotaler.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Ken Grossman". Forbes. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "Jews and Beer" by Leah Koenig August 3, 2010
  3. ^ Jewish Telegraph Agency: "Forbes' billionaires list features new and old Jewish faces" By Gabe Friedman March 2, 2015
  4. ^ Rivera, Ernesto (October 29, 2014). "Q&A: Ken Grossman, owner, founder and president of Sierra Nevada". The Orion. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ The Oxford Companion to Beer. Oxford University Press. September 9, 2011. pp. 409-. ISBN 978-0-19-991210-0. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Ken Grossman - Founder/Owner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Butte College". CCC. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Coffey, Brendan (January 20, 2015). "Sierra Nevada Founder Grossman Becomes Billionaire on Pale Ales". Bloomberg News. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ California State Chico: "Grossman Family Contributes $5,000 to SAGE for Environmental Stewardship Prizes" by Joe Wills December 11, 2007,
  9. ^ Johnson, Julie (January 18, 2014). "Pull up a stool with Brian Grossman". All About Beer. Retrieved 2015.

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