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Google founders, Bloomberg among Forbes billionaires

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founders of Google and Hungarian-born financier George Soros are among the 50 richest people on the planet.

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world’s billionaires, topped for the second consecutive year by Mexico’s Carlos Slim.

The highest placed Jewish person on the list was Larry Ellison, the founder of software communications company Oracle.


Soros, Bloomberg top donation list

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

Jewish financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros has topped a list of the most generous American philanthropists over the last year.

Mr Soros, who was born in Hungary, donated or pledged to donate £205 million in 2010.

The money will go to Human Rights Watch and to other organisations under the umbrella of his Open Society Foundations.

Last year he appeared at sixth on the list, compiled annually by the Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine.

Other Jewish men and women in the top ten included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.


World's most powerful: Netanyahu, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2010

The Israeli prime minister has been named the 24th most powerful person in the world by Forbes magazine.

Last year Benjamin Netanyahu was placed at number 46 but he has risen in influence because “as leader of an undeclared nuclear power, [he] remains the biggest menace to Iran's nuclear ambitions.”

However Mr Netanyahu, the only Israeli on the list, is considered one place less powerful than Jewish politician and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who came in at number 23.


Ralph Lauren to get New York key

By Jennifer Lipman, October 14, 2010

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is to be given the key to New York City.

Mr Lauren is to receive the prestigious gold plated key today – his 71st birthday.

The key will be handed to him by Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a ceremony at Manhattan’s newest Ralph Lauren clothes store.

The Jewish businessman, born Ralph Rueben Lifshitz to immigrants from Belarus, is the first fashion designer to receive the symbolic honour.

Mr Lauren, a prominent philanthropist who has funded The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention since 2001, is worth an estimated £2.9 billion.


Hall of Fame: Michael Bloomberg

September 28, 2010

"Happy 12th birthday Google. Looking forward to celebrating your Bar Mitzvah next year!"


Michael Bloomberg defends the Ground Zero mosque

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2010
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New York mayor Michael Bloomberg outlines why he supports the plan to build a mosque and Islamic community centre near the site of the September 11 attacks.


Ireland’s President thanks Jewish donors

By Jessica Elgot, May 25, 2010

Ireland’s President Mary McAleese has personally thanked the Jewish community for a donation of $82,000 given to the victims of the Irish Potato Famine in 1847.

The President was speaking at New York's Temple Shearith Israel, a synagogue founded in Crosby Street in 1654 by Brazilian, Spanish and Portuguese Jews.

In 1847 Jacques Judah Lyons, who was chazan of the synagogue, organised a donation of $1,000 from the congregation to be sent to the victims of the famine. The Irish famine killed more than a million people between 1845 and 1852.


Chasidim stop bike lanes

By Paul Berger, December 10, 2009

For some New Yorkers, cycling is a religion.

So, when the city’s department of transport removed a bike lane that cut through the Chasidic area of Williamsburg last week, it was seen as a sacrilege.

“They illegally sold out the citizens of New York,” said Baruch Herzfeld, a modern Orthodox Jew who owns the Traif Bike Geschaft repair and rental shop on the southern edge of “hipster”, or bohemian, Williamsburg.

Mr Herzfeld and other bikers are enraged because, it appears, New York’s mayor Michael Bloomberg struck a back-room deal with Williamsburg’s Satmar community.


Bloomberg founder boosts jobs

By Candice Krieger, February 26, 2009

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and founder of the financial information and services firm of the same name, is to invest up to $45m (£31m) helping unemployed bankers and financiers return to Wall Street. The mayor has proposed creating a privately run fund to loan money to local start-up companies, among several plans to encourage entrepreneurship and attract new financial firms to the city to ensure it doesn’t lose its place in the global financial hierarchy.


The billion-dollar donors

By Candice Krieger, February 5, 2009

Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, gave away $235m last year, making him the leading living donor in the US — and probably the world. The self-made billionaire of Bloomberg, the financial firm, contributed to more than 1,200 organisations, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s recent list.

Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, donated $105m while casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson pledged $41.9m, mostly to the Birthright Israel Foundation.