Charles Bronfman’s profile picture

Charles Bronfman

Charles Bronfman’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $2.38 Billion
Residence: Montreal, Canada
Country: Canada
BirthDay: 27 June 1931
Sigh: Cancer
Children: 2
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, McGill University

Charles Bronfman was bornon 27 June 1931 in Montreal, Canada, Canada. Charles Bronfman is #1016 in List Billionaires People In The World. Charles Bronfman is long removed from the 2000 deal in which he and brother Edgar Bronfman Sr. sold their family's Seagram spirits empire to Vivendi for $34 billion. Since then he has turned much of his focus on philanthropy, authoring two books on the subject and signing Warren Buffett's and Bill Gates' Giving Pledge. In January 2016 one of his major philanthropic vehicles, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, made its last grants and shut down. Bronfman announced in 2011 that the foundation would gradually spend down its resources and ultimately close to make way for his children's' philanthropic passions. In all, Charles has given away or pledged more than $350 million. Favorite causes include the promotion of Canadian culture, Jewish community and connection to Israel. He is one of the main benefactors of Taglit-Birthright Israel, which sends Jewish youth from North America on free educational tours of Israel. Bronfman's son, Stephen, now runs Claridge, the Montreal-based private investment firm founded by Charles in 1987.


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In April 2013, Bronfman was one of 100 prominent American Jews who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to "work closely" with Secretary of State John Kerry "to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel's security needs, which would represent Israel's readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace


Since 1999, the program has sent more than 340,000 young Jews from around the world on a 10-day free trip to Israel


From November 1997 until July 2002, Bronfman was the Chairman of the Board of Koor Industries Ltd


This venture proved far less successful – despite later rebranding the team as the Alouettes, the team folded prior to the start of the 1987 CFL season


Since 1986, he has served as Chairman of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, Inc


In 1982, a day after the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League collapsed due to financial troubles, Bronfman bought their remains and used them to start a new franchise, the Montreal Concordes


Bronfman and his brother, Edgar, inherited the Seagram spirits empire in 1971 after the death of their father, Sam Bronfman


He was majority owner of the Montreal Expos franchise in Major League Baseball from the team's formation in 1968 until 1990


In 1951 Bronfman's father Samuel Bronfman gave Charles a 33% ownership stake in Cemp Investments, a holding company for him and his 3 siblings which controlled the family's corporate empire


Charles Bronfman, PC CC (born June 27, 1931) is a Canadian / American businessman and philanthropist and is a member of the Canadian Jewish Bronfman family

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