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John Z. Blazevich

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John Z. Blazevich
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California Governor Jerry Brown, Alex McLeod and John Z. Blazevich at GRID Alternatives LA Solar Installation Long Beach, CA
BornJohn Zelimir Blazevich
(1955-01-01) January 1, 1955 (age 69)
Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
🏫 EducationB.S. in Finance and Marketing from University of Southern California, USC
💼 Occupation
  • American Inventor
  • Entrepreneur
  • CEO
  • Philanthropist
📆 Years active  1980-present
Known forFounder, Contessa Premium Foods
  • Chief Executive Officer and President
    • Contessa Premium Foods
  • Chief Executive Officer and President
    • ViVA! Food Group
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John Zelimir Blazevich (born January 1, 1955) is an American inventor[1][2][3][4][5][6], entrepreneur[7], and philanthropist[8]. He is best known for his work with shrimp aquaculture in Southeast Asia.[7][9] Blazevich founded Contessa Premium Foods in Los Angeles, California, and served as the company’s president and CEO for 27 years.


In 1984, Blazevich founded Contessa Premium Foods in San Pedro, California.[10] The company began as a small importer of seafood, Asian fruits and vegetables making over $4 billion in sales.[11]

He has secured numerous international patents, trademarks and copyrights for a wide range of marketed products.[6]

Blazevich first decided to build an energy-efficient factory when he learned that food manufacturers in the United States produce more than 150 million tons of carbon-dioxide emissions each year.[12] In 2008, Blazevich built Contessa’s Green Cuisine plant,[13] the world’s first “green” LEED certified frozen food manufacturing plant.[10][14][15]

On January 26, 2011, Blazevich put Contessa into bankruptcy due to declining sales resulting from the 2008 global economic crisis. On December 21, 2012, the proceedings came to a successful conclusion. Contessa's businesses were sold,[16] and it was announced that through Blazevich's efforts, all creditors had been paid in full.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Blazevich is engaged to Alex McLeod, American television host and entertainment news correspondent.[18]

He spent 17 years building Hacienda de la Paz, an estate with nine bedrooms and 25 bathrooms sitting on 7.4 acres in the gated community of Rolling Hills, California. In 2013, he put it up for sale, with an asking price of $53 million. It finally sold in 2018 for $22.4 million.[19]


  1. "Packing Box Design Blazevich, John Z. [Blazevich, John Z.]". Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  2. "Multiple Access Microwave Oven Patent Application". Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  3. "Cabinet with sloped floor Blazevich, John Z. [Blazevich, John Z.]". Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  4. "Packing Box Design Blazevich, John Z. [Blazevich, John Z.]". Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  5. "Serving tray with shrimp". Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Google Patents". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "FIS - Companies & Products - Sustainable purchasing standards set for farmed shrimp". Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  8. Facebook; Twitter; options, Show more sharing; Facebook; Twitter; LinkedIn; Email; URLCopied!, Copy Link; Print (1996-09-18). "Remake of a Classic : 1930s Movie Palace in San Pedro Is Getting a New Life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  9. "FIS - Companies & Products - Carefully Sourced Sustainable Shrimp". Retrieved 2021-09-24.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Breaking the Mold Fails to Pay for 'Green' Facility | Los Angeles Business Journal". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  11. Coughlan, Emily (February 28, 2013). "Contessa Closes Chapter 11 Case After Creditors Get Paid In Full". Business Wire.
  12. "U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) - Ap". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  13. "Contessa Green Cuisine Review". Eco Child's Play. 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2021-08-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "Contessa Premium Foods Opens First and Largest LEED-Registered Frozen Food-Manufacturing Plant in the World". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  15. Green Cuisine Food Plant - carbon neutral and first in the world LEED Certified, retrieved 2021-08-11
  16. Dai, Shasha (July 21, 2011). "Contessa Premium Foods Closes Sale To Sun Capital Partners". The Wall Street Journal.
  17. "Contessa Closes Chapter 11 Case After Creditors Get Paid In Full". Business Wire. February 28, 2013.
  18. "From coast to coast with Alex McLeod". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  19. Clarke, Katherine (November 20, 2018). "The Extravagant Estate in California That Sold for Over 50% Off". The Wall Street Journal.

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