Denise Eisenberg Rich

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Denise Eisenberg Rich
Denise Eisenberg

Other namesDenise Eisenberg Rich
Joy Denny
OccupationSinger-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist, political fundraiser
Spouse(s)Marc Rich
(m. 1966-1996; divorced; 3 children)
ChildrenDaniella Rich Kilstock[2]
Ilona Malka Rich (Schachter)[3][4][5][6][7]
Gabrielle Rich Aouad (died of leukemia in 1996)[8]
Parent(s)Emil Eisenberg
Gery Diamant (mother)

Denise Rich (née Eisenberg) is a singer-songwriter, socialite, philanthropist and political fundraiser.[9]

Early life and education[edit]

Denise Eisenberg was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of Gery (née Diamant) and Emil Eisenberg.[10][11][12] She graduated from Bancroft School[11] and went on to receive her B.A. from Boston University.

Music career[edit]

In 1984, Rich penned the lyrics to "Frankie", a hit in 1985 that went gold for the R&B group Sister Sledge.[9][13] Since then, she has written songs recorded by Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Natalie Cole, Luis Fonsi, Jessica Simpson, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, and Diana Ross.[9][13][14] She has participated as a writer on Grammy Awards nominated projects, including the 1999 Aretha Franklin / Mary J. Blige duet entitled "Don't Waste Your Time".[15] She also co-wrote the international hit "Candy" recorded by Mandy Moore. Denise's "Abrazar La Vida" was a number one hit for Luis Fonsi, also earning her the coveted BMI award. Her songs can also be found in soundtracks for films such as Meteor Man (1993), Kiss Me Guido (1997), The Hurricane (1999), To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) and Runaway Bride (1999). Billy Porterʼs rendition of Deniseʼs “Love Is On The Way”, written for The First Wives Club (1996), inspired Celine Dion to record her triple-platinum version of the song. Patti LaBelle laid down a sizzling performance of “The Voice Inside My Heart” for the John Q (2002) soundtrack. The film Chicago (2003) features “Love Is A Crime” co-written by Denise, Greg Lawson, and Damon Sharpe, performed by dance-pop sensation Anastacia, which also won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2004.


Gabrielle Rich Aouad, Denise and Marc Rich's daughter, died of leukemia at age 27. As a result, Denise Rich and Philip Aouad, Gabrielle's widower, and her daughters Ilona Rich Schachter and Daniella Rich Kilstock founded the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research.[13] It has since been renamed Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.[16][17] As of 2018, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation has awarded $33 million in research grants. Rich also made a $1 million donation funding the construction of The Gery and Emil Eisenberg Assisted Living Residence on the grounds of the Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester, an 80-unit facility named for her parents.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Denise Eisenberg met Marc Rich on a blind date.[19] They married and had three children, Daniella, Ilona, and Gabrielle.[9][16][20] They divorced in 1996.[21]

Ex-husband's presidential pardon[edit]

Marc Rich received a pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, Clinton's last day in office.[14][22] The pardon became controversial after reports surfaced that Denise Rich had made donations totalling more than one million dollars to the Democratic Party and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park.[14][22] At a congressional hearing into whether the pardon was granted in exchange for her contributions, Rich invoked the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which denies the government power to compel self-incrimination.[14][22]


Denise Rich renounced her U.S. citizenship in November 2011 and became an Austrian citizen.[23][24][25]


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  9. ^ a b c d "Her E. Side Life of Glitter Loses Its Luster" Archived May 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Corky Siemaszko, New York Daily News, January 25, 2001
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  12. ^ "Eisenberg, Emil". The New York Times, June 13, 2003.
  13. ^ a b c "Public Lives; Songwriter Who Doubles as Friend of Bill", Edward Wong, The New York Times, October 11, 2000
  14. ^ a b c d "Lady Gatsby", Don Wallace, Yachting, May 2006
  15. ^ "Oh, That's Rich", Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly, March 2, 2001
  16. ^ a b "Joie de Vivre", Amen Wardy, Aspen, September 2008
  17. ^ Gabrielle's Angel Foundation home page
  18. ^ Astell, Emilie, and Telegram & Gazette Staff. "Assisted Living Plan Gets Off Ground // Jewish Healthcare has Brunch Breaking." Telegram & Gazette: B.1. May 04 1998.
  19. ^ Ammann, Daniel (2009). The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich. New York: St. Martin‘s Press. ISBN 0-312-57074-0.
  20. ^ "Fugitive Dinner" Archived 2008-07-25 at the Wayback Machine, ""Page Six", New York Post, February 26, 2008
  21. ^ "Roger Clinton Subpoenaed To Testify About Pardons", Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times, April 16, 2001
  22. ^ a b c Schudel, Matt Fugitive financier pardoned by Clinton The Washington Post, 26 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Denise Rich gives up U.S. citizenship, will save millions in U.S. taxes, report says". Fox News Channel. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  24. ^ McCormick, Jason (11 July 2012). "5 citizens who left the U.S. to avoid paying tax". CBS News. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  25. ^ Hughes, Siobhan (2012-07-09). "Denise Rich Gives Up U.S. citizenship". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-07-10.

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