Israel’s startup culture led me down a rabbit hole trying to find the richest people in Israel. The richest of the rich include the wife of a casino tycoon, a Russian who owns the Chelsea Football Club and a banker.
Dr. Miriam Adelson
Dr. Miriam Adelson is worth a staggering $22 billion, or 76 billion shekels. Adelson is a dual citizen of the US and Israel, and she is by far the richest person in the country. She’s a well-educated woman with a casino tycoon husband that wasn’t on the richest list last year.
This year, her husband transferred assets into her name, and the 73-year-old Adelson became the richest person in Israel. The majority of her wealth comes from shares in the Las Vegas Sands Corporation. You may have also read the Israel Hayom newspaper, which she now owns.
She’s one of the most influential Israelis, and she and her husband attended the opening of the Adelson Medical School of Ariel University in West Bank. The Adelson family holds a lot of sway, both in Israel and the United States, and they donated over $123 million to Republicans in the United States in 2018 alone.
Roman is young, just 53, but he maintains a fortune of $12.2 billion. He is best known for being the owner of the Chelsea football club. The second thing that he is known for is yachts. If you enjoy Hatteras Yachts, you’ll appreciate Roman’s 533-foot Eclipse yacht that he paid $400 million to purchase.
His interests are vast, and he has invested heavily in Israeli startups, which is a good thing.
Roman is Russian Jewish, and in 2018, he decided to exercise his right to citizenship under the Law of Return. The law allows Jews across the world to become citizens of Israel. The reason he invoked this law goes a little deeper than his love for Israel.
He is known for his $120 million residence in the UK, and his visa to the UK was delayed. Increasing tensions between Russia and the UK kept his visa on delay. What did he do? He became an Israeli citizen so that he can travel to Britain without a visa.
While his reasoning for becoming a citizen may not sit well with a lot of people, he has invested in over a dozen Israeli startups and donated 70 million NIS to Sheba Hospital. He also owns the Varsano hotel in Tel Aviv.
Eyal Ofer is worth over $9.7 billion, and he is known as a real estate and shipping magnate. He’s based in Monaco, but he was born in Haifa. His father was once the richest man in Israel, and Eyal spent six years as an Israeli Air Force intelligence officer.
He’s one of the most influential men in the shipping industry, and his investments include oil, gas, real estate, shipping and banking.
Ofer’s wealth comes primarily from his father who died in 2011. Eyal would invest his inheritance in shipping and real estate, and he has a 4 billion shekel share in Mizrahi-Tefahot. The majority of his wealth comes from real estate assets in the UK and US. He also has holdings in Royal Caribbean Cruises.