Tamir Sapir’s profile picture

Tamir Sapir

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Net worth 2018: $1.4 Billion
Industry: Real Estate
Country: United States
BirthDay: 1946
Died On: 26/09/2014
Children: 5
Education: Drop Out, Tbilisi State University

Tamir Sapir was bornon 1946 in United States. Manhattan real estate mogul pleaded guilty, through a holding company, to illegally importing rare animal parts into the U.S.; a slew of animals and parts--including zebra-skin rugs, bar stools made from python skins and a stuffed lion--were discovered on his 150-foot yacht Mystere at Port Everglades 2007. Paid $150,000 in fines for violating the Endangered Species Act. Claims he believed he was exempt from the act because it has a provision for specimens held in private homes; he lives on the yacht nearly full-time. Russian immigrant borrowed against his NYC taxi medallion to open electronics store selling to Soviet diplomats and officials. Invested in Russian oil, then Manhattan real estate during 1990s recession. Today owns own over 6 million square feet of commercial real estate in NYC. Moscow Oil Refinery (MOR) continues to withhold the $28 million judgment (accrued to over $40 million) from Sapir-owned Joy-Lud Distributors; awaiting a verdict on a new case in the Russian courts. Owns penthouse overlooking Acapulco Bay in Mexico.


$1.4 Billion


$1.4 Billion


Tamir Sapir (birth name Temur Sepiashvili, Georgian: თემურ სეფიაშვილი); 1946/1947 – September 26, 2014) was an American businessman and investor from the former Soviet republic of Georgia who made millions bartering fertilizer and oil with the Soviets in the 1980s; he took most of his money and put it into New York real-estate


In March 2010, he ranked 721st on Forbes' list of billionaires, with a net worth of $1


He was included in The 400 Richest Americans List of September 2008 (#246), with a net worth of $1


Sapir won the case in 2005, but received none of the $28 million the Moscow company was ordered to pay


Investing the profits in Manhattan real estate in the 1990s, which was then in a slump, he became a billionaire by 2002


He has five children: Alex Sapir (born 1980), Zina Sapir Rosen (born 1985), Ruth, Zita, Eli


He took a job processing emigration applications for Soviet Jews and in 1973, he immigrated to Israel with his wife around the time of the Yom Kippur War


In the early 1970s he studied journalism at Tbilisi State University but left to earn money to support his family because of his father's death

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