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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:46 pm

Tony Ortega:

"Hey, look who’s doing a Christmas broadcast from Flag! With all the money Bob Duggan and his wife Trish have given to Scientology (somewhere north of $50 million, we estimate), it’s about time he got some of the limelight. And speaking of Bob’s largesse, a tipster tells us that in the latest copy of Impact magazine, Bob and Trish are featured from the recent IAS gala in England, where they received yet another new status for their IAS donations — now, they’re “Patron Invictus.” Isn’t that cool! We’re pretty sure that means they had to pony up another three to five million. It’s getting tough to keep track of how much cheddar this moneybags is unloading into Scientology leader David Miscavige’s pet projects!"

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Don Carlo » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:51 pm

I had to watch a webinar in an adjoining room when there was an overflow crowd at a conference. I was bored and the audio wasn't great. I sneaked into the REAL room to stand in the back, and the quality quadrupled - I could better see and hear the speaker's great personality and the lively audience reactions. A webinar might work once but the audience will not be excited to pay good money to repeat. Especially if they Google him and see he's just a shamed-into-donating-mega-millions-to-hide-his-family-troubles* rich guy.

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Fri Nov 28, 2014 7:39 pm

From Tony Ortega:

The richest Scientologists in the world get a new trophy for donating another pile of cash!


The new issue of Impact magazine is out, and the publication — from the international Association of Scientologists — includes this great photograph of Bob and Trish Duggan with their newest piece of hardware from Scientology leader David Miscavige, given to them at the October IAS gala in England. They’ve reached yet another new donation status (which had to be invented for them) — Patron Invictus! And look at that trophy shine!

For our newer readers, we’ll try to explain what’s going on in this picture. You see, Scientology has always been about money. Sure, in the old days, the amounts were more modest, but from the beginning L. Ron Hubbard held out the tantalizing prospect that if you followed his highly regimented and detailed counseling procedures, step by increasingly pricey step you’d get closer and closer to some kind of space opera godhood. In more recent years, the prices for those steps have become hugely expensive, and it can take half a million dollars just in course fees to reach the top of the “Bridge to Total Freedom.” But at least you were working toward that goal.

In the last ten years or so, current church leader David Miscavige has made a big shift when it comes to Scientology and money. He has asked members to give even more cash than ever — but rather than for their spiritual advancement, members are being asked to fork over this money simply for the sake of donating money itself.

And since Scientologists can’t do something without feeling that they’re gaining levels like in some kind of science fiction videogame RPG, the IAS has happy names for “status” levels that you unlock as you climb the donations ladder.

Bob and Trish Duggan, a super-wealthy couple we wrote about at some length in a rather bizarre story earlier, have given so much money, the IAS keeps having to come up with new status names to award them with! And what does Patron Invictus mean? Have they now reached something like $55 million in giving to the IAS? $60 million? We’ll keep working our sources to see if we can get the amount nailed down. (And this is just for donations to the IAS. The Duggans have also given to numerous Scientology building projects around the world.)

As we pointed out earlier, only the Duggans get the privilege of receiving their trophy with David Miscavige himself also in the frame of the picture. (Take that, you lesser whales!) And the occasion also called for some classic bluster from Miscavige’s speech writer, Dan Sherman…

The final presentation was another landmark moment in IAS history for not only was it the climax of the awards ceremony at the 30th IAS Anniversary Patrons Ball, it also marked the unveiling of a brand new IAS Honor Status, Patron Invictus.

Bob and Trish Duggan continue to lead the way as top contributors of the IAS, setting ever-greatest levels of support in their bid to further the purpose of the IAS and achieve the Aims of Scientology.

As Chairman of the Board RTC stated when presenting them with this award: “We come to the outer limits of this evening’s ceremony and an IAS accomplishment of entirely new dimensions.

“The status itself bears the title Invictus, which means ‘unconquerable.’ It is drawn from an LRH pronouncement that reads: ‘No man can stand entirely and completely alone — if he is still a man.’

“This status was specifically created for this night, and even more specifically, for an IAS Patron of legendary renown. And I don’t use that word ‘legendary’ lightly. As a matter of fact, this is the name that triggers a chain reaction like nothing else in our universe. Because this is who we are and what we represent — none other than Bob Duggan, Trish Duggan, and the family in totality — now and forever, the IAS!”

The photo also included three of the Duggan boys…


And the photo came with this caption…

Bob & Trish Duggan with their sons Daniel, Dylan and David, acknowledged by Chairman of the Board RTC with the highest Honor Status in the IAS.

(One of the boys we wrote about who was sent to South Africa is in this photo, the other is not.)

We’ve been asked, how does Scientology still have so much money if it’s losing members and is down to something like only 30 to 40 thousand members around the world? Well, if the Duggans have given $55 million just to the IAS, that’s the same as 11,000 less wealthy Scientologists becoming IAS lifetime members at $5,000 each. You begin to see how the whales like Duggan are propping up Miscavige as his organization lurches from one crisis to another.

But hey, there’s a new type of trophy for all those eager collectors out there! Excelsior! ... ew-trophy/

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Wieber » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:02 am

That's one ugly trophy.

Wait, the trophy's the thing that's second from the right. It's really ugly, too.
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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by BTs2Free » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:22 am

BigFan! wrote:I'm trying to figure out what all the fuss is about!
It looks like no one on this site has a clue to what Pharmacyclics' drug actually does.
If anyone spent more than a minute being blinded by their hatred of the Church, you could probably spend
a minute doing research on Pharmacyclics, what its drug does, what it's competitor drugs do (one has a black box warning and REMS),
one might be inclined to say "oh crap, Pharmacyclics is actually saving people's lives."
That being said, if most of you are so interested in Bob's money, why on Earth wouldn't you have invested in Pharmacyclics?
From .50 cents when Bob took it over in 2009 to well past $120 today! Some of you could have become pretty wealthy.
Bummer to think prejudice kept you from getting rich.
This chain has been going so long and everyone seems to know something about the Duggans except how to replicate their wealth.
Don't get me wrong: becoming a billionaire isn't easy, but truth be told, if you spent half the time reading a book about investing as you do bashing people
who donate to the church, you might be in a much better station in life.
Just food for thought.
BigFan! I think I can answer this for you from an ex-Scientologist/SO point of view what all of the fuss is about from a Scientological perspective. The biggest enemy of the CO$ going all the way back to the early days in the 1950's has been psychiatry as well as "Big Pharma" who manufactures their psychotropic drugs. True, Pharmacyclycs is not manufacturing psych drugs and is saving people's lives who have cancer, which in the real world is fantastic. Looks like Bob has a great product. Here's the kicker:
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There’s always a good deal of luck involved in biotech. In Duggan’s case, he had a sleeper in the pipeline: Imbruvica, which turned out to be a potent treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, shrinking tumors in 58% of patients failed by all other drugs, and mantle cell lymphoma, a rarer disease. Johnson & Johnson JNJ +0.97% inked a $975 million deal to copromote Imbruvica in 2011, beating out other Big Pharmas, and Pharmacyclics’ stock has risen fortyfold since that fateful phone call, turning his stake into a $1.4 billion fortune. ... ss-follow/

Looks like Bob made quite a bit of money from and is working side by side with Johnson & Johnson who is the manufacturer for the psychotropic drug Risperdal. Last year, this happened:
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion in criminal and civil fines to settle accusations that it improperly promoted the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to older adults, children and people with developmental disabilities, the Justice Department said on Monday. ... d=all&_r=0

Johnson & Johnson's other psychotropic drug products besides Risperdal include:

Invega - for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents.
Concerta - for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Haldol - for the treatment of schizophrenia, tics and vocal utterances of Tourette's Disorder.
Razadyne - for the treatment of mild to moderate dementia of the Alzheimer's type.

Bob Duggin's Imbruvica is being manufactured by Johnson & Johnson as you can see at their own website here: ... or-Therapy

The big story here and why it's such a big deal is that Scientology's biggest donor IS BIG PHARMA. The big deal is the irony that the Scientology war chest, the IAS is being heavily funded by their own arch enemy and it goes right over all of their heads, except for David Miscavige. I'm positive he knows exactly where that money is coming from and he doesn't care because he's getting millions, especially enough money to run off to Bulgravia when the shit hits the fan and he needs to bug out.

I know Scientology doesn't make any sense at all, but I hope I've explained this in a way that does.

Edit: Looks like the poster Karin Pouw covered this info earlier on the thread, but I wanted to point out why this would be a big deal from a Scientologist's perspective

Edit: Scientology's organization CCHR - Citizens Commission on Human Right's states the following in their "About Us" section on their own website:
CCHR functions solely as a mental health watchdog, working alongside many medical professionals including doctors, scientists, nurses and those few psychiatrists who have taken a stance against the biological/drug model of “disease” that is continually promoted by the psychiatric/pharmaceutical industry as a way to sell drugs. It is a nonpolitical, nonreligious, nonprofit organization dedicated solely to eradicating mental health abuse and enacting patient and consumer protections. CCHR’s Board of Advisers, called Commissioners, include doctors, scientists, psychologists, lawyers, legislators, educators, business professionals, artists and civil and human rights representatives.

People frequently ask if CCHR is of the opinion that no one should ever take psychiatric drugs, but this website is not dedicated to opinion. It is dedicated to providing information that a multibillion dollar psycho/pharmaceutical industry does not want people to see or to know. The real question therefore is this: Do people have a right to have all the information about (A) the known risks of the drugs and/or treatment from unbiased, nonconflicted medical review, (B) the medical validity of the diagnosis for which drugs are being prescribed, (C) all nondrug options (essentially informed consent) and (D) the right to refuse any treatment they consider harmful.
Hammering out of existence incorrect technology would include $cientology itself!

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:55 pm

From Tony Ortega:

"The superannuated thetans of the Valley’s OT Committee do work themselves into a lather, don’t they? But it’s gotta be a little deflating to see how all those donations from the Duggans barely moved the donation-thermometer."


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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:56 am

Bob Duggan press releases:

Bob Duggan Commencement Speech Now on YouTube

By Craig Edward December 15, 2014
Inspirational Address to UCSB Graduating Class by Biotech Billionaire, Robert W. Duggan is Now Available Online


( -- December 15, 2014) -- Decades after leaving the University of California Santa Barbara, Bob Duggan returned to address graduating students with an inspirational commencement speech. This talk is now available for viewing online at .

Now based in Sunnyvale CA, he stays connected to his roots. He and his wife, Trish, have contributed to the UCSB Athletics Program, College of Engineering and also the world-class Religious Studies Department. He has been a trustee of the UC Santa Barbara Foundation since 1989. He and Trish are also members of UCSB’s Lancaster Society. ... peech.html

Another one:

Robert Duggan Continues to Create Medical Breakthroughs

Robert Duggan is leading the way again with innovation in the field of medical treatment. After pioneering robotic surgical procedures, he and his team at Pharmacyclics Inc. are now taking on cancer. Specifically, they are experiencing major success in treating patients with blood cancer with their new drug.

While he continues to be a leader in medical innovation, Bob has also become a leading philanthropist. An important part of his success is his desire to create a positive impact through giving. He and his wife, Trish are leading supporters of social programs that positively affect the lives of millions of people worldwide. Increasing literacy, preventing harmful drug and alcohol addiction, providing disaster relief and effectively reducing crime rates are some of the initiatives they support. In addition, they have been strong contributors to the arts as well as to their alma mater, UC Santa Barbara.

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:13 am

From Tony Ortega:

"Damn it feels good to be a Duggan

We’ve spent some time writing about the richest Scientologists in the world — Bob and Trish Duggan — and their large number of children (seven, with six of them adopted). If you ever wondered what it’s like to live with that much money (Bob’s worth around $1.5 billion), we stumbled across this photo posted recently to Instagram.

It was posted by one of the Duggan adopted sons (but not one of the two who were sent to South Africa, as we revealed in a recent story)…"


"As you can see, the caption reads, “Consuela forgot toilet paper. Gotta wipe with this.” And it includes the hashtags #dugganproblems and #richkidproblems

Isn’t that fun?" ... ientology/

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by I'mglib » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:17 am

Yikes, such a bad idea. No one is likely to see the humor in this, if it was meant to be funny. Ugh.
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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Sat Dec 27, 2014 3:14 am

From Tony Ortega:

The mailing also came with a list of loyal Scientologists who have already donated. Can you guess who made the top of the list?


Well sure, the richest Scientologists in the world, Bob and Trish Duggan, lead the list once again. And based on their status — LRH Hall Member of Elite Honor — we’d have to conclude that they’ve given more than a $1 million to the project. (We’ve estimated that they’ve also given about $50 million to the International Association of Scientologists fund.) [UPDATE: Another list shows that in order to get the “Elite Honor” level, the donation by the Duggans must be at least $2.5 million.]

Hey, if Bob and Trish are leading the way, how can this thing lose! Take our check and send that T-Shirt right away!

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:19 am

Scientologist Bob Duggan is the fan of a psychologist's (a probable fellow con artist) delusional nonsense:

At Pharmacyclics, Employees Train To Become Geniuses
By Morey Stettner

Posted 01/02/2015 04:27 PM ET

In 1980, Alfred Barrios identified 24 personality traits that geniuses share. A clinical psychologist, Barrios argued that geniuses are made, not born, and that anyone could develop the same characteristics as Einstein, Shakespeare and Socrates.

Bob Duggan couldn't agree more.

A fan of Barrios' research, Duggan is a serial entrepreneur with a colorful career that includes launching a fresh-baked cookie company and an advertising firm in then-Yugoslavia. In the 1990s, he became chairman and CEO of Computer Motion, an innovator in surgical robotics.

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:13 am

January 5, 2015

Geniuses at Pharmacyclics

Posted by Derek

Via Adam Feuerstein on Twitter, here's an odd story about what goes on at Pharmacyclics. CEO Bob Duggan is apparently encouraging the staff there to take a course in how to "become geniuses".

Duggan, 70, believes so deeply in Barrios' research that he has arranged for employees at Pharmacyclics to take a self-directed program to acquire the 24 genius traits. They might spend about one hour a week learning the characteristics — which include drive, courage and honesty — and complete the course of study over six months.

"It's not compulsory," he explained. "But it's offered to every individual here, and I don't know anyone who hasn't taken it."

He says that employees give rave reviews of the course material. They even share it with their families and friends.

I would be having a fit, personally. Duggan is a major donor to the Church of Scientology, and if you detect the same aroma coming off this stuff, you're right on target. A little Googling shows that this 24-habits-of-a-genius stuff overlaps with L. Ron Hubbard himself, back in the days when he was on roughly the same plane of existence as the rest of us. I would be very unhappy working for a Scientology enthusiast, but if extracurricular course work got added to the mix, I'd be out the door so fast you could hear the air clap behind me. Sheesh - I'd rather do a week of Six Sigma training, and there's not much that makes me say that.

Interesting comments: ... yclics.php

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:27 am

Bob Duggan is doing well. Pharmacyclics stock went to it's highest price ever today, $170.21. Six years ago it was less than $1.

Pharmacyclics' (PCYC) CEO Robert Duggan on Q4 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript Feb. 18, 2015 10:30 PM ET | About: Pharmacyclics, Inc. (PCYC)

Pharmacyclics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC)
Q4 2014 Earnings Conference Call
February 18, 2015 04:30 PM ET


Rainer (Ramses) Erdtmann (Scientologist) - EVP, Corporate Affairs
Robert (Bob) Duggan (Scientologist) - Chairman and CEO
Manmeet Singh Soni - CFO and Principal Accounting Officer
Shawn Cline Tomasello - Chief Commercial Officer
Thorsten Graef - VP, Clinical Science
Maky Zanganeh - COO
Alvina Chu - Senior Medical Director
Danelle James - VP, Clinical Development
Darrin Beaupre - VP, Clinical Medicine & Early Development
Urte Gayko - SVP, Regulatory Affairs

Robert Duggan - Chairman and CEO
Thank you, Ramses. Good afternoon everyone, and thank you for joining us today. At Pharmacyclics we are creating and capitalizing on the value of patient friendly oncology therapy. Every year over 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer or other immune inflammatory diseases. This number does not include the millions of husbands, wives, children, family, business associates and friends affected by these disease conditions. Something can be done about it, something is being done about it..........

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:12 am

Bob made $428.6 million today:

Real Time Net Worth
$3.1 Billion
$428.6 M | 16.2%
As of 2/25/2015 @ 10:00PM *

Age 70

Source Of Wealth pharmaceuticals, Self Made

Marital Status Married
Children 8

Education Drop Out, University of California Santa Barbara; Drop Out, University of California at Los Angeles Robert Duggan on Forbes Lists
#365 Forbes 400
#342 in 2013
#931 Billionaires
#328 in United States

Robert Duggan knew nothing about running a biotech firm when he invested in cancer drug maker Pharmacyclics in 2004. But having lost a son to brain cancer, he was passionate about the industry. Four years later, after the company's board resigned, Duggan took over as CEO and by 2013 he was a billionaire thanks to the surprising success of Imbruvica, a potent treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia [...] more

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Re: Info on Robert Duggan?

Post by Karin Pouw » Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:53 am

(Bloomberg) -- AbbVie Inc. agreed to buy Pharmacyclics Inc. in a deal that gives it control of a blockbuster blood cancer therapy and values the smaller drugmaker at $21 billion.

Under the terms of the transaction, AbbVie will pay $261.25 per share comprised of a mix of cash and AbbVie equity, the two companies said in a statement today. The price is 39 percent higher than Pharmacyclics’s closing price on Feb. 24, the day before Bloomberg reported that the company was considering a deal. ... er-therapy

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