Rich Kleiman is Kevin Durant’s manager, as well as co-founder and business partner in Thirty Five Ventures. Founded in 2017, Thirty Five Ventures incorporates the duo’s existing business entities, including Durant’s personal brand/marketing portfolio and on-court contracts, their diverse investment portfolio, and the emerging media and creative development arm.
Upcoming projects under the Thirty Five Ventures umbrella are the six-episode series called The Boardroom, a new ESPN+ project that examines the ins and outs of sports business and illuminate the world of sports far beyond what fans ordinarily see; the forthcoming original basketball-themed scripted series “SWAGGER,” in partnership with Imagine Entertainment and Apple, and the documentary “Q Ball”, forthcoming in conjunction with Fox Sports Films.
Rich is heavily involved in the Kevin Durant Foundation. Helping to complete new basketball court renovations and the opening of the Durant Center in Prince George’s County, which is aimed at helping low-income and underserved students enroll and graduate from college. The Durant Center space will be the home for the program, and it will be the first of many collaborations between the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation and Prince George’s County. The Durant Center will look to expand and grow its programming in the years to come.
Previously, Kleiman helped launch Roc Nation Sports, where he served as Vice President of the agency founded by Jay-Z. Kleiman started with Roc Nation in 2008 as a music manager representing Mark Ronson, his high school friend.