Shacknai Moves On With Success in Business and a Salute to His Boy

The Arizona resident, who called the Spreckels mansion his summer home for a time, continues to run a thriving company, while backing a foundation to honor his late son.

Editor's note: One year ago . Public fascination continued for weeks afterward, peaking in September , not crimes. This week, Patch revisits the deaths of Rebecca Zahau and Max Shacknai in pieces about , an  and , who continue to maintain she did not kill herself. 


Update 9:45 a.m. Friday: ABC15.com in Arizona reports that Phoenix magazine will feature an article on Dina Shacknai in its August issue, in which she discusses her questions about the case, her last moments with Max and rules she had agreed to with the boy's father over his supervision.


Jonah Shacknai has said little about the loss of his son and girlfriend last summer, outside of offering statements through spokespeople and briefly  a month after the deaths at the Spreckels mansion.

He took a more proactive stance last month, , launching a foundation, MaxinMotion, to honor the boy, who suffered head injuries in a fall July 11, 2011.

Max, who is called “our inspiration” on the organization's website, died five days later.

The foundation will offer grants to youth groups in Arizona, where Shacknai and his surviving children reside full-time, to fund sports activities for youngsters from families that can't afford them.

In a statement on the MaxinMotion website, Shacknai said the effort will give underprivileged children “opportunities to participate in organized sports to learn important life skills such as teamwork, commitment and the value of health and fitness. We believe it will create a long-lasting community impact.”

Shacknai, through a spokesman, declined Patch's request for further comment.

The pharmaceuticals mogul, who founded Medicis (NYSE:MRX), which specializes in skincare and aesthetic treatments, has seen success in the months since he suffered such tragedy.

The Phoenix Business Journal reported details of his compensation, ranking him third among Phoenix's top paid CEOs, with a package worth more than $19 million. He was granted a $1 million bonus this year, on top of his $1.18 million salary. 

His firm's stock price, which closed up at 34.59 Thursday, has hovered between 29.76 and 40.51 for the year. 

Dina Shacknai, Max's mother and Jonah's ex-wife, has waited until recently to comment on the case; an article is set for next month's issue of Phoenix magazine. Her sister, Nina Romano, .

The twins raised money in Max's name over Mother's Day, to benefit an organization that helps families suffering from a child's death.

Dina Shacknai's attorney did not return a call seeking comment.


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news to come August 06, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Expect a "blended" family meltdown. This will conclude in a final confrontation between Dina and Jonah. The news will be wild.
psj August 07, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Shacknai, you should be ashamed. Justice will be done.
linda September 18, 2012 at 08:51 AM
the babysitter? She was his live in girlfriend and he said he was planning on proposing to her (although he might have been lying about this) You never know with him. He has been busy alright, he's been busy with making money of off aging women's insecurities by selling neurotoxins injections.
linda September 18, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Sweet Pea you are a mindless troll.
linda September 18, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Garrote, interesting... however if it is used for capital punishmen, it must be something is "quick and painless. I don't think that's the way poor Becky went. I think she was tortured for hours, hence why there was loud music playing for hours before she was "found dead" by Adam Shacknai! Also why was her underwear in the trash? Why was she bleeding from her vagina? She might even have been raped. The medical examiner didn't test the blood to see if it was period blood or not. He just assumed. Who was using the computer in the house after Becky's time of death? Why was there a chair knocked over in the room? Why didn't the other paint brush had no finger prints whatsoever? And a bunch of other unanswered questions. This case sends chills down my spine....Whoever did this to her is EVIL and I feel that those who we've given power to fight this kind of evil that exists in our society are not doing their job and turning the other cheek so easily. This is very alarming.


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