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South Carolina’s Only Billionaire is a Jewish Woman: Anita Zucker

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Anita Zucker was born Anita Goldberg in 1952. After getting an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts from the University of North Florida, Anita married Jerry Zucker and moved to the Charleston, South Carolina in 1978.

Together the couple started their family business InterTech in 1982. Over the years the company succeeded fabulously, and now owns the Carolina Stingrays hockey team, the Carolina Ice Palace, and some local restaurants. When her husband died in 2008 Anita took over as the first, and so far, only, woman to hold the job of chairperson of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Anita’s net worth is estimated to be about $2.5 billion, but she often states that she would rather be known for her good works than for her vast wealth. Explaining that her and her husband embraced the concept of “tikkun olam,” repairing the world, she said:

“They only see dollar signs. They don’t look at what is behind that,” she says. “I don’t want to be in the news because of money.”

As such, Anita has become one of the most active philanthropist in the region, sitting on many boards and pledging many dollars to good causes. She pledged $1 million to Lowcountry Giving Day, and is on the boards of:

• Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
• Trident United Way
• MUSC Foundation
• Porter-Gaud School
• Coastal Community Foundation
and many more.

“I invest in people,” Zucker says. “I want to help people’s lives get better.”


The Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award

Given all of the good deeds and generosity Stanley Golder (1929-2000) displayed throughout his lifetime, it is not surprising that a tribute was  made in his name.  The Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award was established in the memory of Golder’s honor – a “founding board member of Golden Apple, whose energy, creativity, and commitment to Golden Apple’s mission set the highest standard in pursuit of our mission.”

Together with his wife, in 1994 he was awarded the Human Rights Medallion from the American Jewish Committee as well.  He had already donated $1.5 million to the UIUC, which resulted in the endowment of the Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Distinguished Chair in Corporate Finance.

Golder was also a founding board member of Golden Apple.  He was known for his “energy, creativity and commitment to [the organization’s] mission [which] set the highest standard for dedication and accomplishment.”


The Cone Legacy Goes Back Generations

Moses Cone and his brother Ceasar Cone.

Herman Cone Jr. truly left his mark on the Jewish community, and the greater community, of Greensboro, North Carolina. No wonder, since helping people has been a family tradition ever since his grandfather, Ceasar Cone, founded, along with his uncle, Ceasar’s brother, Moses Herman Cone, the Moses Cone Health Care System in Greensboro.

Herman Jr was born on December 11, 1923, and died on his birthday in 2009, when he was 86 years old. Cone supported a large number of civic associations and charitable organizations connected to music, religion and health.

Cone, and his wife were given the Brotherhood Citation at the 30th Annual National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1996. At that time the Chapter Director of the NCCJ, Liz Reinecke said this about the couple:

“It’s easy to write a check — when you have the resources they have, it’s much easier,” she said. “They go beyond that.”

Cone served as a lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II and came back to Greensboro to work in the family business, Cone Mills. He finally became general manager of the Revolution Division before he retired in 1978, when he began to really dedicate his life to his philanthropy.

He was a music lover and donated to the Greensboro Symphony, the Young Artist Opera Theater, and Eastern Music Festival. He also donated to the United Way, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and to the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina.

“Theirs is a service that cannot be bought — it can only be given,” wrote Ford. “And in their case, it is truly given from the heart,” said Carolyn S. Ford, volunteer coordinator of the Moses Cone Hospital.

Seidman’s Slice of Life

hospitalFor Jane and Lee Seidman – one of Cleveland’s “most philanthropic couples” – there is pretty much one way to live life: “with a healthy dose of joy and a minimum of self-importance.”  Practicing what they preach they give of their time and considerable wealth; one example being the staggering $42 million they donated for the creation in 2011 of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

That’s not all.  In 2013 when a tornado demolished the gymnasium at Ursuline College near their home in Pepper Pike, they donated $1 million to supplement insurance needed.  Jane explained:

“From when we were children, our parents instilled in us the importance of giving back and advancing the mission of health care.  My mother was a hospital volunteer most of her life and Lee’s mother spent her evenings transcribing books into Braille while he did his homework. This gift is truly from our hearts. We really wanted to make an impact in our community and support UH’s outstanding cancer program as it opens this magnificent new cancer hospital.”

Herbert Herff: Tennessee’s Racing Philanthropist

Born in 1891, Herbert Herff was an active businessman and philanthropist in the US southern state of Tennessee. He was also a dedicated racehorse owner.

Herff raised the money needed to create the first blood bank in the southern United States in 1938, which was also the fourth such facility in the entire country. The same foundation that raised the money for the blood bank in 1938 also raised funds to study sickle cell anemia many

A print of the English racehorse “Matchem”

years later, which was also the first to do so.

In 1964 Herff and his wife Minnie gave money to create the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. At the time of his death most of his fortune was left in the hands of the State of Tennessee for the welfare of the University. To this very day, more than 50 years after his death, his funding is helping establish programming at the University of Memphis:

• Herbert Herff Professor of Biomedical Engineering
• Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
• Herbert Herff Presidential Law Scholarships
• Herbert Herff Registration Loan Program – established to provide short-term loan assistance to students who have no means of paying their registration fees.
• Herbert Herff Book Loan Program

An interesting part of Herff’s life was his association with Thoroughbred horseracing. His most famous horse was Tudor Era. This horse won the Long Island handicap, Man O’War Stakes, and the Longfellow Handicap. In 1964 Herff purchased Venezuela’s record-breaking thoroughbred, Tamao, for $250,000.

The Jews and Giving: It’s Like a Religion!

The Jewish people have historically and traditionally given a lot of money and time to worthy causes.  Indeed, it could be said “it’s like a religion.”  And that does go back to the sources actually. In an article written last year in Salon, the idea was explained as follows:

“the Jewish concepts of tzedakah (charitable giving) tzedek (justice) and chesed (mercy or kindness) instruct and compel all Jews to give to charity and treat people who are less fortunate with compassion.”

And it seems like the Jews are following this decree.  In large amounts.  Statistically the Jews give.  A lot.  When you look at the numbers you will find that in America only one out of 50 Americans is Jewish, the amount the Jewish people donates as a whole far supersedes that.

The author of the article – Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim – is a community philanthropy scholar and has been looking into the reasons why the Jewish people give so generously to charitable endeavors.  This phenomenon seems to be irrespective of their financial means. When looking at data gathered by Giving USA she found that:

“The average annual Jewish household donates $2,526 to charity yearly, far more than the $1,749 their Protestant counterparts give or the $1,142 for Catholics. [In addition, a greater number of Jews] give to charitable causes than households of other faiths.”

So when it comes to foundations, charitable donations, the development and organization of events that focus on giving-back, we will find a large number of Jewish people involved – and at the forefront – of these endeavors.


When Giving Is Your Life

Mikhail Fridman – a Russian-born billionaire – certainly puts his money where his mouth is.  apart from all the generosity that he has undertaken during his lifestyle, he plans to continue that after he dies as well.

Mikhail Fridman announced that he will leave his entire fortune to charity.  Even though he has four children, he still feels it’s better and to donate everything he has to philanthropic endeavors.

And that is a lot as well.  According to a Forbes estimation of wealth this month, Mikhail Fridman is worth $15 billion.  His most noteworthy business endeavors include the Alfa Group and LetterOne.