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Top 10 Jewish Businessmen of 2021 Part Two

Bob Iger

Bob Iger June 2013 Wikipedia credit Angela George

Did you like part one of our list? Well, as promised, we did find 5 more to tell you about.

Bob Iger
Bob Iger served at the top of the Walt Disney Company in one job or another for the past 22 years. He was the company’s president for twelve years and last year he stepped down from the role of Disney CEO after fifteen years to become the company’s chairman. He will be leaving the company entirely at the end of the year after transforming it into the behemoth which it has become.

To say that Robert Iger single handedly remade the Walt Disney Company might be an overstatement, but not by much. He did for Disney what Steve Jobs did for Apple when Jobs introduced iPods, iPhones and iPads after he returned to the leadership of that company.

The 70 year old studied television and radio in college. He then got his start with an entry level position at the ABC network. Twenty years later he had risen to President of the company when it was bought out by Disney. Five years later Disney made him its president where he worked with Michael Eisner whom he would succeed as CEO.

Carl Icahn

As always, Carl Icahn had a good year. It started in January when he sold off most of his stake in Herbalife Nutrition and relinquished his firm’s seats on the company’s board. Herbalife entered into an agreement to repurchase approximately $600 million of the Company’s common shares beneficially owned by Carl C. Icahn and certain of his affiliates at a purchase price of $48.05 per share.

The 84-year-old billionaire is estimated to have earned more than $1 billion from his Herbalife investment. It was first made back in 2012 when Ackman went head to head with rival investor Bill Ackman who tried to short Herbalife’s stock.

Harry Macklowe
Harry Macklowe is known for his real estate dealings. But in November, he made headlines for his art collection.

The billionaire is in the middle of a divorce from estranged wife Linda. As in every divorce, the couple has fought over the division of assets and who gets what when it comes to specific beloved items. So what should such a couple do when they can’t come to an agreement over the division of the family art collection?

Sotheby's

Sotheby’s Harry Macklowe (website pic)

Well, you take a cue from King Solomon, of course, and split the baby in half. In this case Harry Macklowe and his wife chose to sell off the artwork at auction and split the proceeds. Sotheby’s sold it all for them and brought the couple $676 Million.

Leon Black
Leon Black has had a really bad year. The 69 year old Wall Street power player was supposed to stay on with Apollo Global Management until the end of this year. However, Leon Black was forced to abruptly resign in March, after announcing his retirement in January of this year. But even his “retirement” was not entirely voluntary. Black was pushed into it after a plethora of revelations were made about his relationship with the late rapist and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

In June, Leon Black a lawsuit was filed against Leon Black accusing him of defamation. One Güzel Ganieva accuses Black of coercing her into silence after committing acts of sexual violence against her as well as defamation. The suit was filed in New York City.

Leon Black

And now Leon Black may be facing criminal charges of rape. According to a report in Vanity Fair, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is investigating allegations that Leon Black raped two models. The publication cited unnamed sources that said that the models involved are the two women woman who have already filed lawsuits against Black.

Howard Schultz
Starbucks keeps on rolling along. And in 2021, the former CEO of Starbucks and the man credited as the brains behind the company’s rocket to worldwide success in the 1990s, was asked by China’s President Xi Jinping to aid him in repairing the strained relations between his country and the United States. AP has revealed that an official letter was sent by the President of China to Mr. Schultz with the request.

Starbucks

The letter was revealed by the official Xinhua News Agency and was described as a rare direct communication from China’s leader to a foreign business figure. According to the report President Xi wrote to encourage both Howard Schultz and Starbucks “to continue to play an active role in promoting Chinese-U.S. economic and trade cooperation and the development of bilateral relations.” Starbuck’s opened its first Chinese outlet in 1999 and Schultz is reportedly still a frequent traveler to that country.

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