Maria Shriver Invests in Pizza Chain

Maria Shriver - Women's Conference: Headshot - 2010
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Maria Shriver - Women's Conference

The former first lady of California and son Patrick join a group who seek to grow Blaze Pizza.

Maria Shriver has a new love in her life.

"We love pizza," the former first lady of California tells Bloomberg in an email. "My son and I are really excited to be in the pizza business. We love this concept."

Her son is Patrick Schwarzenegger, a University of Southern California student and sometimes model, who tweeted excitement about his own stake in the venture.

"I have equal share as her, but nice try," he responded to a follower who suggested he was taking credit for his mother's investment.

The concept is Blaze Pizza, a new dining chain that seeks to enter the rapidly growing "healthy fast food" sector, in which Chipotle is the current 800-pound gorilla.

Shriver joined an investor group that includes Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and film producer John Davis (Mr. Popper's Penguins, Chronicle), who have raised $3 million.

The chain offers "fast-fire'd" customized pizzas in just 120 seconds. Its two current locations are in Irvine, Calif., and Pasadena, and three more are opening in the L.A. area.