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.”