Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli were honored Sunday with a star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars in Anaheim's Resort District. The Walk of Stars honors visionary leaders and entrepreneurs who have made a positive national and international impact on Anaheim and Orange County. The Samuelis were the third recipients of the honor. The city started the Walk of Stars in November honoring Walt Disney, and gave its second star to Margaret and Carl Karcher, founders of Carl's Jr.
Henry and Susan Samueli and their star on the Anaheim/Orange County Walk of Stars.
"This is a tremendous honor for both of us," Henry Samueli said during the ceremony. "We're so proud to be able to contribute to this community, and to be recognized for that is gratifying."
Added Susan, "This is something Henry and I never thought would happen in our lives. We're definitely going to bring our friends here a lot to take a look at the star."
As owners of the Ducks and the management company for Honda Center, the Samuelis are well-recognized leaders in the sports industry and Orange County business community. They are also known for their many philanthropic endeavors. Susan, the executive director of the Samueli Foundation, has overseen grants to hundreds of organizations in areas of education, health, social services, spirituality and the arts. The couple was listed in Forbes magazine's The World's Richest People in 2006.
"These two people have made the advancement of this community a priority," said Mayor Curt Pringle, who presented the star to the Samuelis. "It gives me great pleasuere to be here and pay tribute to them."