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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2018


Bernard Marcus

Chairman, Marcus Foundation

Bernard "Bernie" Marcus's story is also the story of the American dream. Born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in 1947, Marcus grew up in a tenement building in Newark, NJ. After studying pharmacology at Rutgers University while working for his father's business, Marcus recognized his talents as a retailer. After launching the multi-billion dollar chain Home Depot in 1979, Marcus retired from business in 2000, and has since become one of the leading philanthropists in the US. A generous supporter of Jewish causes, he is a founder of the Israel Democracy Institute and the current chairman of the Marcus Foundation, which has provided more than $1 billion to a range of programs, from care for military veterans to educational programs for children with special needs. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.)


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