THOUGH RON BURKLE'S INTELLECTUAL INTERESTS are clearly in making financial investments in a variety of businesses, his emotions are wrapped up in the supermarket industry. “I like investing more than anything else,” Burkle told SN in a 1995 interview, “but supermarkets get into your blood.” Asked why he has rarely taken the role of chief executive officer in the companies he's owned, Burkle told SN, “I'm not as interested in day-to-day operations as I am in formulating the strategy of how ...

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