Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Warren Buffett


The second richest man in the world, Warren Buffett is not one of the tribe, but he might have the best chance of becoming an honorary member.

“Proportionally, if you look at the number of Jews in this country and in the world, I’m associated with a hugely disproportionate number,” he said, noting that he has been “blessed by friendship with many Jews.”

Indeed, years ago Buffett joined a Jewish country club to protest against antisemitic discrimination.

The billionaire has also shown a strong interest in the Israeli business sector, saying, “If you are looking for brains, energy and dynamism in the Middle East, Israel is the only place you need to go.”

In 2017, Buffett launched a personal recruiting effort to encourage buying Israel Bonds, calling it “a sound investment and a deserved endorsement of a remarkable country.” (Photo credit: Stacie Kinney.)


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