Alan Ginsburg

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This article is about the businessman and philanthropist. For the American poet, see Allen Ginsberg.
Alan Ginsburg
Born 1939 (age 75–76)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Occupation Real estate developer
Known for founder of The CED Companies
Spouse(s) Harriet Ginsburg (until her death)
Kelly Ginsburg
Children Jeffrey Ginsburg (predeceased)
Ron Ginsburg
Jamie Ginsburg
Sharon Ginsburg

Alan Ginsburg (born 1939) is an American real estate developer, philanthropist, and the founder of The CED Companies.


Ginsburg was born to a Jewish family[1] in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[2] He attended Michigan State University but did not graduate[2] and instead went to work of companies that developed apartment buildings in the Midwest and Florida.[2] In 1981, he moved to Florida.[2] and in 1987,[citation needed] he founded The CED Companies (humorously named after “Crisis Every Day”) which specialized in building multifamily apartment buildings[2] most notably on closed military installations in the Orlando area.[citation needed] He also serves as Chairman of CED Construction, Inc. and Concord Management, Ltd.

In 2013, he partnered with fellow real estate developer Hank Katzen to build a $60 million, 600 bed luxury dormitory at the University of Central Florida which will include a Hillel center on the ground floor. The Hillel center will be funded by the rental income from the dormitory.[3]


Ginsburg is a prominent benefactor of Central Florida organizations. In 2007, The Alan Ginsburg Family Foundation donated $20 million to Florida Hospital - the largest donation in its history — to build the $255 million, 15-story, 440-bed Ginsburg Tower. Ginsburg also donated $4 million to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine library, $5 million for a scholarship endowment at Rollins College, and $2 million to the Hillel Foundation for a new student facility[2] which is shared with the Catholic Campus Ministry Center. Ginsburg received the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Francis for developing the interfaith project.[4] Ginsburg also has business interests in Mongolia, a country he was introduced to by his friend Alexander Zanzer, at that time Honorary Consul General of Mongolia to Belgium and a Belgian Jewish Community leader.[citation needed] He is also a major donor to Jewish causes including the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando especially toward bolstering Jewish Identity and outreach; and his synagogue, Congregation Ohev Shalom.[1]

Political activities[edit]

Ginsburg was in the news in March 2011 for hosting a $500-a-plate fundraiser for Senator Bill Nelson, D-Fla., with Vice President Joe Biden as the keynote Speaker, during which Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers was asked to wait by Biden staffers in a storage room/closet in Ginsburg's Winter Park, Florida home for about an hour and a half.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Ginsburg has been married twice. His first wife died in a plane crash in 2002 along with his son Jeffrey.[5][2] His son second wife is Kelly Ginsburg.[2] He has three living children: Ron Ginsburg, Jamie Ginsburg, and Sharon Ginsburg.[2]