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BILLIONAIRE FOOD COMPANY OWNER LENT HIS INSPIRATION.

Byline: JULIA M. SCOTT Staff Writer

The California WellBeing Institute in Westlake Village is the brainchild of billionaire and health enthusiast David H. Murdock.

Murdock, 83, owns Dole Food Co. and is worth $4 billion, making him the 168th-richest person in the world, according to Forbes.

He employs 63,000 people in more than 90 countries. Murdock owns 12 million square feet of property and 200,000 acres of undeveloped land.

Murdock helped design the institute, which partners with the Four Seasons Hotel to offer spa treatments, healthy living classes, and medical expertise.

Murdock designed the massive rock waterfall behind the hotel and is using orchids from his collection to decorate the walkways. Giant slabs of amethyst and onyx from Murdock's stone collection grace the walls and the entire institute is painted yellow, his favorite color.

Murdock organized the writing of ``The Encyclopedia of Foods, A Guide to Healthy Nutrition.'' The 500-page book was published in 2002 by Academic Press.

Murdock owns real estate developer Castle & Cooke and breeds 200 Arabian horses at Ventura Farms in Thousand Oaks.

Murdock lives in California and owns the island of Lanai in Hawaii.

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