Patrick Soon-Shiong has developed a reputation for big ideas.
His boldest mission is to fix the healthcare system and turn cancer into a treatable condition using super computers, genomics and "big data."
But it’s Soon-Shiong’s business acumen and adept skills as a negotiator that have made him a billionaire and an outsized figure in Los Angeles.
His most recent venture is a $70.5-million investment in newspaper group Tribune Publishing, parent of the Los Angeles Times. That makes him the company's No. 2 shareholder and plunks him into the middle of the newspaper industry’s liveliest takeover fight, a white knight in Tribune Publishing Chairman Michael...