Eyal Ofer is a renowned Israeli billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Zodiac Group, a privately held investment company headquartered in Monaco. With an estimated net worth of over $9.7 billion, he is one of the richest individuals in the world.
Early Life and Education:
Eyal Ofer was born on May 10, 1950, in Haifa, Israel. His father, Sammy Ofer, was a prominent Israeli shipping magnate who co-founded the shipping company, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. Eyal spent his childhood in Haifa and attended the prestigious Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he earned a degree in civil engineering.
Career and Achievements:
After completing his studies, Ofer joined his family’s shipping business and worked his way up the ranks. In 1993, he founded Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd., which has since become one of the largest privately-owned ship management companies in the world. In addition to shipping, Ofer has invested in various sectors, including real estate and finance. He is a board member of the Carnival Corporation, a leading cruise line company, and is also involved in several philanthropic initiatives.
Ofer’s business acumen has earned him numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. In 2013, he was named Israel’s Businessman of the Year by Globes magazine. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Yale School of Management Legend in Leadership Award for his outstanding achievements in the field of business.
Eyal Ofer is married and has three children. He maintains residences in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Ofer is known for his philanthropic activities and has been involved in several charitable initiatives. In 2016, he donated $25 million to the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology to fund the construction of a new campus. He also contributed $5 million to the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York to support its humanitarian programs.
|Born||May 10, 1950|
|Sector||Shipping, Real Estate, Finance|
|Companies||Zodiac Group, Carnival Corporation|
|Net Worth||$9.7 billion|