Isaac Larian Cal State LA Alumni
Isaac Larian
Chief Executive Officer
MGA Entertainment, Inc.

Cal State LA

BS, Civil Engineering (1978)
  • As founder and CEO of MGA Entertainment, the largest private toy company in the world, Larian is the driving force behind award-winning brands such as Little Tikes, Lalaloopsy, Bratz, Num Noms, Project Mc2 and others.​
  • Project Mc² was created to inspire girls to engage in STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) activities. A line of dolls with STEAM experiment kits debuted with a Netflix series, for which Larian is an executive producer.
  • Has been actively involved in the toy industry since 1979, garnering numerous industry and entrepreneurship awards, including the U.S. winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2007, and locally in 2004.
  • Determined to live out the American Dream, Larian arrived in the U.S. in the early 1970s at the age of 17 with $750 in his pocket. He put himself through Cal State LA on a dishwasher’s wages, earning a degree in civil engineering.
  • Active in several charitable foundations that focus on helping children and families, including the LeBron James Family Foundation, City of Hope and the Hope Foundation.
  • In 2015, Larian served as commencement speaker for Cal State LA’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

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