Lauren Sanchez has reportedly filed for a divorce from her husband, Patrick Whitesell. Here’s what we know about the high-power Hollywood agent whose wife is reportedly dating Jeff Bezos

Patrick Whitesell is one of Hollywood's top talent agents.

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Patrick Whitesell is one of Hollywood’s top talent agents.
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As executive chairman of Endeavor, the parent company of talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), Patrick Whitesell is one of Hollywood’s top power players.

He’s also the soon-to-be-ex-husband of Lauren Sanchez, the ex-TV anchor and pilot who’s been dating Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Sanchez has, according to a TMZ report, filed for divorce from Whitesell a day after the terms of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce were announced.

Along with Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, Whitesell represents actors, musicians, and comedians. His clients include Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Michelle Williams, Idris Elba, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, John Krasinski, Jude Law, Ryan Reynolds, and Denzel Washington.

Whitesell and Sanchez were married in 2005 and reportedly separated in the fall of 2018.

Sanchez became a well-known name after Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos first said they were getting divorced back in January, as Business Insider’s Paige Leskin reported. Hours after they announced the divorce, the National Enquirer reported that Jeff Bezos was dating Sanchez.

Here’s a look at Whitesell’s life and career.


Patrick Whitesell is the executive chairman of Endeavor, the parent company of talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME).

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Source: Business Insider


Whitesell’s partner and Endeavor’s CEO is Ari Emanuel, who was reportedly the inspiration for the character Ari Gold on “Entourage.”

Source: ABC News


Whitesell married Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor, in 2005, and they have two children.

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Lauren Sanchez and Whitesell in Malibu in 2013.
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Source: Business Insider, Us Weekly


They reportedly separated in the fall of 2018 after 13 years of marriage, and on April 5, it was reported that Sanchez had filed for divorce from Whitesell, a day after the terms of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos’ divorce were announced.

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Source: Business Insider


Sanchez is said to be dating Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who announced in January that he and his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie, were getting divorced.

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Lauren Sanchez is a licensed pilot.
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Source: Business Insider


WME is based in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, but Whitesell and Sanchez bought a six-bedroom house for $6.2 million on Mercer Island, Washington, in late 2016, according to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.

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Mercer Island, Washington.
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Source: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Realtor


Whitesell is one of Hollywood’s top talent agents, having gained a reputation early on for representing younger stars, including Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jennifer Aniston.

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Whitesell and Jake Gyllenhaal at a party in 2015 in Toronto, Canada.
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Source: The New York Times


Jude Law hired Whitesell in 2005.

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Whitesell and Jude Law.
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Source: UPI


Also among Whitesell’s agency’s A-list clients are the actors Hugh Jackman …

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Hugh Jackman and Whitesell at the Los Angeles premiere of “Prisoners” in 2013.
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Source: WME


… Christian Bale, Michelle Williams, Idris Elba, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, and John Krasinski, who is the star of Amazon’s “Jack Ryan” series.

Source: WME


Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are two of Whitesell’s longtime clients.

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Ben Affleck, Whitesell, and Matt Damon at a Hollywood party in 2001.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter


Whitesell was reportedly so blown away by Damon’s 1992 performance in “School Ties” that he tracked him down through the Harvard University directory — where Damon was studying at the time — and called him up at his dorm to convince him to be his client.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


The agency also represents musicians, including Adele, Alanis Morissette, Big Sean, Bon Iver, Calvin Harris, Childish Gambino, Dolly Parton, Drake, Outkast, Pearl Jam, Selena Gomez, Janelle Monae.

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Adele.
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Source: WME


WME also reps the comedians Conan O’Brien, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Pete Davidson, and Hasan Minhaj, among many others.

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Hasan Minhaj.
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Netflix

Source: WME


Whitesell graduated from Luther College, a private liberal-arts college in Decorah, Iowa.

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Source: Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Summit, Luther College


He started his career in the mail room of InterTalent in the 1990s, then went on to become an agent at United Talent Agency (UTA). He worked his way up to being head of the talent department at Creative Artists Agency (CAA).

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Source: Bloomberg Breakaway CEO Summit


Whitesell left CAA to become a partner at Endeavor Talent Agency in 2001, and later played a key role in Endeavor’s merger with the William Morris Agency, which became today’s William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME).

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Emanuel and Whitesell at the headquarters of WME in Beverly Hills, California.
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Source: Bloomberg, The New York Times


Whitesell brought a flock of clients with him when he joined Endeavor, including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Bon Jovi, Kate Hudson, Alan Rickman, and Jon Voight.

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Source: The New York Times


Whitesell has been named one of Fortune’s “Businesspeople of the Year” and one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.”

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Whitesell and Sanchez.
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Source: Fortune, Fast Company


In 2015, Forbes estimated his net worth to be around $440 million.

Source: Forbes