Chief of Staff's Bro Is Hollywood Super Agent

Rahm Emanuel's high-flying sib just got better connected
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2008 2:08 AM CST
Super agent Ari Emanuel, left, poses with film director Larry Charles.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The president-elect's new chief of staff has a pair of high-flying brothers, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rahm Emanuel's younger brother, Ari, is a founding partner of top Hollywood talent agency Endeavor while older brother, Ezekiel, is a leading bioethicist. Ari, who shares Ramm's reputation for take-no-prisoners power plays, inspired the abrasive Ari Gold character in HBO's Entourage.

Ari, who personally represents stars such as Larry David and Mark Wahlberg, has long been active in Hollywood's Democratic circles. He was already known as one of Tinseltown's best-connected brokers, and those connections just got a whole lot better. "The Emanuels are a close-knit family," said one celebrity publicist. "And now you have two brothers at the apex of two of the most powerful industries in the world."