David H. Murdock is the chairman and major shareholder of Dole Food Company Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. He is also chairman, chief executive and owner of Castle & Cooke Inc., a private company. Murdock is an advocate of eating healthy to live a longer, more vital life. In 2010 he published The Dole Nutrition Handbook, What to Eat and How to Live For a Longer, Healthier Life, which featured information from leading scientific and nutrition experts on healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise regimens. He also organized the collaborative efforts of experts at the Mayo Clinic, University of California at Los Angeles and Dole Food Company to write The Encyclopedia of Foods, A Guide to Healthy Nutrition, a 500-page book on achieving a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and disease prevention. He developed a wellness center which houses the California Health & Longevity Institute, in Westlake Village, California. The 769,600-square-foot complex includes a healthy lifestyle teaching center combined with medical facilities able to perform complete diagnostic services, a Four Seasons Hotel and a television production studio. In North Carolina, Murdock is known and respected for his development of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, a high-tech life science research center dedicated to the betterment of the world’s health and nutrition. The campus corrals the research and programs of eight universities, including NC State, as well as leading biotech companies and private enterprise in superb facilities with unparalleled scientific equipment. He and Dole Food Company have provided two endowed professorships at the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute. The David H. Murdock Core Laboratory, which opened in 2008, anchors the campus with its 311,000 square feet of lab space. Murdock has been a Regent’s Professor of Creativity in Business at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Pepperdine University and honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Hawaii Loa College. His hobbies include reading, the arts, poetry and horticulture. He is a breeder of prized Arabian horses and has an orchid collection consisting of more than 30,000 plants. He is also an avid art and antique furniture collector. Murdock resides in California with residences in New York, North Carolina and Hawaii. He has a son who is also active in the family business.