George Rohr

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George Rohr is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and President of NCH Capital Inc,[1] a private equity firm.

Education and personal life[edit]

Rohr was born in 1954 in Bogota, Colombia. He graduated from Harvard College and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.[2] As an undergraduate he was President of the Harvard Lampoon during its 100th anniversary year in 1976.[3] He and his wife Pamela L. Rohr live in New York City.[4] They have four children.[5]

NCH Capital[edit]

Since 1993 the NCH group of funds has been investing across asset classes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union on behalf of their institutional clients.[5] Rohr began investing in the region shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and was among the earliest Western participants in the privatization opportunities offered by several of the region’s markets. In addition to its investments in real-estate,[6] private equity[7] and public securities, NCH is among the largest agribusiness[8][9] investors in the Black Sea region.[10] In 2010 NCH extended its investment operations to Latin America.[1]


Rohr’s principal philanthropic focus has been on Jewish education, particularly through initiatives such as the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute[11] and the establishment of more than 100 Chabad Houses across college campuses in North America,[12] as well as on the revival of Jewish communal life in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in partnership with Chabad. In 2006, Rohr and his sisters established the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature to honor, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, their father’s lifelong love of Jewish writing.[13] The annual award recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of the Jewish experience. The $100,000 prize is administered by the Jewish Book Council and is intended to encourage emerging writers whose work demonstrates a fresh vision and the promise of further growth. In conjunction with this award, Rohr established the Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute, a forum devoted to the continuity of Jewish literature. Additionally, Rohr is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Avi Chai Foundation.[5]


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  3. ^ "LAMPOON ELECTIONS | News | The Harvard Crimson". Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  4. ^ "The New York Times". Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  5. ^ a b c "George Rohr » AVI CHAI". Retrieved 2014-07-04.
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  7. ^ "Investment Insider". Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  8. ^ "Business District". Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  9. ^ "NCH Capital Inc. Agribusiness". Retrieved 2014-11-06.
  10. ^ "The Black Earth Comeback". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
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  12. ^ "Chabad on Campus". Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  13. ^ Dennis Hevesi (August 10, 2012). "Sami Rohr, Jewish Philanthropist Remembered by a Writing Prize, Dies at 86". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2013.