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U.S. Talent Agent Deal with Cuban Entrepreneur Marks Change in Business Climate

April 19, 2016

Excerpted from the USA Today story by Alan Gomez MIAMI — A U.S. talent agency signed a contract in Havana on Monday to work with a Cuban entrepreneur, a seemingly simple deal that marks a big change in the relationship between the two countries. Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director of […]

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Jonathan Blue Assesses the Landscape for Private Funds Management

September 14, 2015

Jonathan Blue’s response to Private Funds Management’s Monthly Challenge was featured in the August issue and is excerpted below. The challenge: Following a half-century of hostility, relations between the US and Cuba are finally warming up. Last month, full diplomatic relations between the two sovereigns were restored, and in May, the US […]

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Blue Equity Publishing, LLC Announces Launch of Louisville’s First LGBTQ Magazine

September 2, 2015

Louisville, Kentucky, September 2, 2015– Blue Equity Publishing, LLC ( the release and distribution of the inaugural issue of “Modern Louisville,” ( Louisville’s first and only LGBTQ lifestyle magazine. “Modern Louisville” will be published bi-monthly, beginning with the September/October 2015 issue. While the magazine will feature LGBTQ themes and stories, […]

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Next BEST thing? Blue wants back in sports

August 10, 2015

Excerpted from the Sports Business Journal article By Liz Mullen, Staff Writer Jonathan Blue is looking to get back in the sports business five years after he sold BEST, the agency he created through several rollup acquisitions, to Lagardère Unlimited. Blue, chairman and managing director of Blue Equity, is in […]

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Companies should consider doing business in Cuba

August 6, 2015

Excerpted from The Courier-Journal article by Jonathan Blue. When the startling announcement came from the White House on Dec. 17 that new rules for Americans traveling and engaging with Cuba and its people would be established, it set off a chain of events that has led many to consider doing business in a […]

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Jonathan Blue: ‘Things have just snowballed’ in Cuba

May 13, 2015

Excerpted from Insider Louisville article by Stephen George. Seven years ago, Louisville investor Jonathan Blue started getting interested in Cuban art. Seven months ago, he had little more than a hunch it would become a major new investment opportunity for his private equity firm, Blue Equity. But that all changed […]

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Some people do plan to attend both the Kentucky Derby and the Pacquiao-Mayweather

May 7, 2015

Excerpted from The Washington Post article by Chuck Culpepper. LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Yes. In the aeronautical wonderland of 2015, a person might attend both the Kentucky Derby in Louisville on Saturday evening and the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight 1,618 miles away in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Yes. It could get dicey. […]

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Cuba is opening slowly, but it has a long way to go

April 27, 2015

Excerpted from the CNBC article by Reem Nasr. Five months ago, Jonathan Blue made the decision to add a special team to his private investment firm, Blue Equity, in Louisville, Kentucky. Three people would research the Cuban market, looking for opportunities as relations ease between the two countries. “We think […]

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CDI Launches “Churchill Downs” the Magazine

April 17, 2015

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced today it has launched a print and online publication that gives customers and fans a provocative and inside look into thoroughbred racing and its iconic events. Self-titled Churchill Downs, the magazine’s first edition hits homes April 16, and focuses on the most exciting two […]

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Bacardi Acquires ANGEL’S ENVY™ Bourbon

April 17, 2015

Hamilton, Bermuda, March 30, 2015 — Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, has expanded its portfolio of super-premium spirits with the acquisition of Louisville-based Angel’s Share Brands, its subsidiary, Louisville Distilling Co., and its ANGEL’S ENVY™ brand. This deal marks the Company’s entry into […]

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