After being exiled from their homeland by the Roman empire, the lives of Jewish people were disrupted and the community was displaced. They survived 40 years in the desert, slavery, and immigration from one place to the next. From this lineage, these Jews have flourished against all odds and many of the products and services we have today are provided to us by companies with Jewish founders and executives. You may be wondering who the individuals behind these companies are, and how much they actually make.
Lawrence Ellison: Oracle
Lawrence Ellison is the owner of the software company Oracle. He is 72 years old, and he has a net worth of $28 billion. Ellison is currently ranked sixth on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people. Oracle is a software giant, and those of you who use SQL (Structured Query Language) have heard of Oracle. Ellison used $1,400 of his own money to start Oracle and it is now one of the most successful software companies today. Ellison is known for his lavish lifestyle.
Michael Bloomberg: Mayor of New York City
Michael Bloomberg is a former mayor of New York City. He is 74 years of age, and he has a net worth of $18 billion. Bloomberg served three terms as mayor of New York. He developed a global and financial company called Bloomberg L.P. back in the 80s after he was fired from Salomon Brothers in 1981. In early 2016, rumors swirled that he was planning a third-party run for the U.S. Presidency, but Bloomberg never followed through because he feared doing so would aid Donald Trump’s campaign for the office.
Sergey Brin: Google
We cannot live without Google! Sergey Brin is one of the founders of Google. He is 43 years old and has a net worth of $17.5 billion. Brin had a double major in mathematics and computer science. Brin is an immigrant from Moscow, and he and his partner Larry Page developed Google back in 1998. His public life has made the news in recent years, as it was discovered in 2013 that Brin was having an affair with Google’s marketing manager, 27-year-old Amanda Rosenberg. This led to a divorce from his wife, Anne Wojcicki, although the exes still run The Brin Wojcicki Foundation together.
Larry Page: Google
Lawrence Page, better known as Larry, is a 43-year-old computer scientist and founder of Google. Larry has a net worth of $17.5 billion. Both Larry and Sergey Brin developed Google while they were in college. Larry graduated with a degree in computer engineering. He has both a masters and doctorate degrees in computer engineering. News of Sergey Brin’s public extramarital affair (mentioned on previous page) allegedly angered Page, who temporarily stopped speaking to his business partner as a result.
Steven Ballmer: Microsoft
Steven Ballmer is from Detroit, Michigan and is the former CEO of Microsoft. He is 60 years old, and he has a net worth of $14.5 billion. He is a friend of Bill Gates, and they met while both attending Harvard University. He is active in the Jewish community and is a member of the Jewish National Fund. Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion after the National Basketball Association forced disgraced former owner Donald Sterling to sell the team.
George Soros: Soros Fund Management, Open Society Institute
George Soros is the head of the Soros Fund Management and Open Society Institute, which is a grant-making foundation. He is 86 years old and has a net worth of $14 billion. Soros is from Hungary and he graduated from London School of Economics. He then began his financial career in London. He is also a philanthropist, and he has given away $7 billion over the past 30 years. Soros, who is a Hillary Clinton backer, donated many millions to the Super PAC “Priorities USA Action” during the 2016 election cycle.
Michael Dell: Dell Computers
Do you own a Dell computer? If you have ever speculated on who the person behind the Dell brand name is, it is Michael Dell. Michael Dell is a 51-year-old entrepreneur and the founder of Dell computers. Dell has a net worth of $13.5 billion. He is one of the most successful college dropouts in history. In 2010, Dell (along with several former company executives) was forced to pay out $100 million as a result of accusations of accounting fraud filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mikhail Fridman: Alfa Group
Mikhail Fridman is the founder of the Alfa Group, which is a conglomerate holding interest in banking. Fridman was born in Lvid, Ukraine, and he is 52 years old. Fridman has a net worth of $12.7 billion. He is considered by many to be the third richest man in Russia.
John Paulson: Paulson & Co.
John Paulson is a graduate of New York University’s College of Business and Public Administration. While attending this university, he graduated first from his class. Paulson is the owner of Paulson & Co., an investment management firm. Paulson is 60 years of age and has a net worth of $12 billion.
Roman Abramovich: Millhouse LLC, Chelsea Football Club
Roman Abramovich is the primary owner of the investment firm Millhouse LLC, and he is the owner of the Chelsea Football Club. Abramovich was born in Lithuania, and he is 50 years old. He was once a toy maker and a steel maker before starting his investment firm. His net worth is $11.2 billion.
Ronald Perelman: MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
Ronald Perelman is the owner of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, which is a diversified holding company that deals with things like biotechnology, military equipment, and even entertainment and cosmetics. Perelman is 73 years old, and his net worth is $11 billion.
Carl Icahn: Icahn Enterprises, Federal-Mogul
Carl Icahn is the owner of Icahn Enterprises, which is a holding company based in New York City. Icahn is also the Chairman of Federal-Mogul, which develops and manufactures power train components and vehicle safety products. Icahn is 80 years old and has a net worth of $10.5 billion.
George Kaiser: Kaiser-Francis Oil Company
George Kaiser is the head of an oil company called the Kaiser-Francis oil company. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his parents migrated to Tulsa after fleeing from Nazi Germany. He is very active in the Jewish community in Oklahoma. Kaiser is 74 years of age and has a net worth of $10 billion. He has been implicated in the Solyndra scandal, involving the bankruptcy, shutdown and investigation of a solar cell manufacturer that he was involved with.
Joseph Safra: Safra Group
Joseph Safra was born in Aleppo, Syria, and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. He and his family moved to Brazil in 1952. His family has been in the banking industry since the time of the Ottoman Turks’ rule. He is the owner of an investment firm called the Safra Group. Safra is around 76 or 77 years of age and has a net worth of $17 billion.
Sheldon Adelson: Las Vegas Sands, Israel Hayom, Las Vegas Review Journal
Sheldon Adelson is the owner of the Las Vegas Sands, which is a casino company. Adelson also owns two newspaper companies the Las Vegas Review Journal, and the Israel Hayom. Adelson is 83 years old and has a net worth of $29.2 billion as of August of 2016. He is the 21st richest person in the world.
James Simons: Renaissance Technologies
James Simons is a hedge fund manager and a mathematician. He is the owner of Renaissance Technologies LLC, an investment management firm, and also the co-creator of the Chern-Simons form which is a mathematical characteristic class. Simons is in his late 70s, and he has a net worth of $16.5 billion.
German Khan: Alfa Group
German Khan is a Ukrainian Jew who is the co-owner of Alfa Group, along with billionaire Mikhail Fridman. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Rosvodokanal a water management facility. Khan is 55 years old and has a net worth of $9.5 billion as of January 2016.
Serge Dassault: Dassault Group
Serge Dassault is the heir of the Dassault Group, which is an aviation company based in France. Serge Dassault inherited the company from his father Marcel Dassault. He is a right-wing politician, and his jets were used in the Six Day War. Dassault is 91 years old and has a net worth of $7.6 billion.
Len Blavatnik: Access Industries
Leonard “Len” Blavatnik is the owner of a conglomerate company called Access industries. He was born in the Ukraine and raised in Russia, but he is an American businessman. He was a metal trader before he started his company. Len Blavatnik is 59 years old and he has a net worth of $15.3 billion as of March 2016.
David and Simon Reuben: Reuben Brothers
David and Simon Reuben are brothers who own the Reuben Brothers company. The Reuben Brothers company is a private investment firm and real estate company. Their family went into business in London shortly after Israel became a nation again in 1948. David is 74-75 years of age, and Simon is 71-72, and they both have a net worth of $13.1 billion as of the year 2016.
Philip Green: Arcadia Group
Philip Green is the CEO of Arcadia Group, which is a retail company. It includes such companies as Burton, Topman, Outfit, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans, Topshop and Dorothy Perkins. Green resides in Britain, is 64 years old, and had a net worth of $6.2 billion as of 2016. In late 2016, the British Parliament unanimously voted to remove Green’s knighthood, following his company’s $1 billion pension deficit.
Sammy Ofer: Various
Samuel Herskovich, better known as Sammy Ofer (February 22, 1922 – June 3, 2011) was an entrepreneur. He was the owner of Israel Chemicals, Royal Caribbean International, ZIM, Oil Refineries Ltd, Israel Corporation, Tower Semiconductor, and Bank Mizrahi-Tfahot. His net worth was $6.5 billion.
Steven A Cohen: Point72 Asset Management, S.A.C. Capital Advisors
Steven A. Cohen is a hedge fund manager. He is the founder of Point72 Asset Management, which is a family office, and S.A.C. Capital Advisors, which is a hedge fund company. Both companies are situated in Stamford, Connecticut. Cohen is 60 years old and has a net worth of $13 billion as of Sep 2016. In 2012, he was involved in an alleged insider trading scandal.
Viktor Vekselberg: Renova Group
Viktor Vekselberg is a Russian businessman. He was born in Ukraine and he is the owner and president of Renova Group, which is a large Russian conglomerate. When Russia’s aluminum business became privatized, he rose to prominence. Vekselberg is 59 years old and his net worth is $13.6 billion, according to Forbes.
Alexander Abramov: Industrial Magnate
Alexander Abramov is a former scientist is now an industrial magnate. He amassed the largest steel and iron business back in 1998. He is a business partner of Alexander Frolov and Roman Abramovich. Abramov is in his 50s and has a net worth of $4.3 billion, according to Forbes.
Eli Broad: KB Home and SunAmerica
Eli L. Broad is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is known for being the only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries. In October 2015, Forbes ranked Broad the 65th wealthiest person in the world. He is 83 years of age and he has an estimated net worth of $7.4 billion.
Dorothea Steinbruch: Vicunha Group
Dorothea Steinbruch is the CEO of a large textile company known as the Vicunha Group. Her company is based in Brazil and it is the largest textile firm in the country. Steinbruch, along with her three children and brother-in-law run the company. Her age is unconfirmed and she has an estimated net worth of about $5.5 billion.
Ira Leon Rennert: Renco
Ira Rennert is an American businessman and financial investor. He controls one of America’s largest privately held industrial empires. He opened a securities brokerage after working as a typewriter and salesman, and later a securities broker. Rennert is 82 years old and he has an estimated net worth of $6.5 billion. He is a personal friend of the notorious Ponzi scheme king Bernie Madoff. In 2015, Rennert was forced to take the stand in a New York City courtroom, after being sued by some of his creditors who claimed that he unlawfully seized $100 million from a failing company in 1996.
Michael Kadoorie: CLP Holdings Ltd
The Honourable Sir Michael David Kadoorie, GBS, is a business executive. He is the sixth wealthiest person in Hong Kong as of March 2011, and his family’s worth is believed to be $9.5 billion in US currency according to Forbes. Kadoorie is in his mid-70s and he himself has a net worth of $5.1 billion.
David Geffen: Geffen Records, DCG Records, DreamWorks SKG
David Geffen is the man behind Geffen Records. He is a business magnate and a producer as well as a film studio executive. He co-created Asylum records in 1970 and then went on to create Geffen Records in 1980. He went on to create DCG records in 1990 and DreamWorks SKG in 1994. Geffen is 73 years old and has a net worth of $5 billion.
Isak Andic: Mango
Isak Andic is a businessman who resides in the country of Spain. Andic is the founder and largest shareholder of the clothing retailer Mango. He is originally from Turkey, but he and his family relocated to Spain back in the 1950s. Andic has a net worth of $4.8 billion and he is in his 60s.
Stephen Schwarzman: Blackstone Group
Stephen Schwarzman is a business magnate who is the CEO and also chairman of a company called the Blackstone Group. The Blackstone Group was founded in 1985 along with former US Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson. Schwarzman is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he is 69 years of age with a net worth of $4.7 billion.
Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren Corporation
Are you familiar with the commercial jingle “Polo by Ralph Lauren?” You probably are familiar with those ads. The man behind the company is Ralph Lauren (his birth name is Ralph Lifshitz) Ralph Lauren is a well known fashion designer, and business executive, who is known for his Polo line of clothing and fragrances and other haberdashery. Lauren is 77 years old and has a net worth of $4.6 billion.
Samuel Newhouse Jr.: Advance Publications
Samuel Irving “Si” Newhouse Jr. is an American heir and business magnate. He and his brother Donald own Advance Publications, which was founded by their late father in 1922. Their properties include Condé Nast, which publishes magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker. Newhouse Jr. is 88 and has a net worth of $4.5 billion.
Micky Arison: Carnival Corporation
You may have heard of Carnival Cruise Corporation. You may even have taken a cruise on a Carnival Cruise Line ship. The owner of Carnival is Micky Arison. Micky Arison is a businessman and the owner of Carnival Cruise Lines. The Israeli-American businessman stepped down as CEO in 2013 and was replaced by Arnold Donald. Arison also owns the Miami Heat basketball team. Arison is 67 years old and has a net worth of $4.4 billion.
Leonid Mikhelson: Novatek
Leonid Mikhelson is a Russian businessman and CEO of Russian gas company Novatek. Mikhelson was born and raised in Moscow. His dad was the head of the Soviet Union’s largest pipeline construction trust. Mikhelson worked his way up in the company, starting as a foreman and then going up the ladder from there. He is 60 years old and he has a net worth estimated to be around $15.6 billion in US dollars as of 2014.
Henry Kravis: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co
Henry R. Kravis is an American businessman. He co-founded the private equity firm of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. This firm has an estimated $94.3 billion in assets as of December 31, 2013. Kravis is ranked by Forbes as being the 108th richest man in America, and the 278th richest man in the world. Kravis is 66 years of age and has a net worth of $4.2 billion.
Lester Crown: General Dynamics
Lester Crown is an American businessman and the son of well-known Chicago financier Henry Crown, who passed away in 1990. Crown eventually became the owner of General Dynamics. His family has holdings and stakes in companies such as Maytag, Hilton Hotels, and the Chicago Bulls. Crown is 91 years old with a net worth of $4.1 billion.
Leonard Lauder: Estée Lauder Inc.
Leonard Lauder is an American businessman. He is the chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Lauder was born in New York in 1933, and he is the oldest son of Estée Lauder, who was the original founder of Estée Lauder cosmetics. This company has over 10,000 people employed in over 100 countries. Lauder is 83 years old and had a net worth of $9.1 billion as of September 2016.
Richard Lefrak: LeFrak
Richard S. LeFrak is a native of New York and he is a successful businessman. LeFrak is the CEO and chairman of LeFrak, which is a privately held company situated in New York City. The LeFrak company owns, develops, and manages real estate. LeFrak is one of the largest landlords around the tri-state area in New York. LeFrak is 65 years old and has a net worth: $6.5 billion as of October 2015.
Lynn Schusterman: Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Lynn Schusterman, worth an estimated $3.7 billion, co-founded the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation with her late husband. Schusterman, an American, has also created several other philanthropic organizations, including Schusterman-Israel Foundation, the Jerusalem Season of Culture, and the ROI Community. She also supports Jewish LGBT groups, Teach For America, Birthright Israel, and more.
Shari Arison: Carnival Corporation
Shari Arison is the wealthiest woman in Israel, and in 2007 was the only woman named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the top-20 richest people in the Middle East. She is Micky Arison’s sister, and the daughter of the Carnival Corporation’s co-founder. Arison runs a non-profit, Ruach Tova, dedicated to encouraging volunteerism. In 2016, Forbes reported her net worth as $4.7 billion.
Karen L. Pritzker: Various
An American billionaire, Karen Pritzker has a net worth of approximately $4.3 billion. Her family ran The Marmon Group, an industrial holding company, but sold its majority stake in 2007. Pritzker and her husband are actively involved in philanthropy, and have made sizable donations to the Yale University School of Medicine, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and Teach for America, among other charities.
Doris Fisher: The Gap
While Doris Fisher might not be a familiar name, you certainly recognize her company. Fisher co-founded the Gap with her (now deceased) husband Donald in 1969. The San Francisco resident is worth around $2.7 billion today. An avid art collector, Fisher has been named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook
Although her net worth is less than some others on this list, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the wealthiest Jewish women in the world with a $1.26 billion fortune to her name. Sandberg serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and is also the founder of Leanin.org, which aims to empower women throughout the world.