Nancy Lerner

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Nancy Lerner Fisher
Born1960 (age 57–58)
EducationB.A. University of Cincinnati
J.D. Cleveland–Marshall College of Law
OccupationInvestor, Philanthropist
Net worthIncreaseUS$1.1 billion (October 2018)[1]
Spouse(s)William Beck (Divorced)
Elliott Fisher
Parent(s)Norma Wolkoff Lerner
Al Lerner
FamilyRandy Lerner (Brother)

Nancy Lerner (born 1960) is an American investor, philanthropist, and billionaire.


Lerner was born to a Jewish family, the daughter of Norma (née Wolkoff) and Al Lerner.[2][3] She has one brother, Randy Lerner. She received a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.[1] Her father was the CEO and chief executive of the MBNA Corporation, then the second largest issuer of credit cards in the world.[2] When he died, his two children became billionaires. She established the Partnership for Families program which pays for In Vitro Fertilization for couples who are unable to afford the procedure.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lerner has been married thrice. Her first husband was William Beck whom she divorced in 2005.[5] In 2005, she married Elliott Fisher.[6] She has five children.[1] In 2006, her daughter Emma Beck died in a go-kart accident.[5][7] Lerner resides in Cleveland, Ohio.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Nancy Lerner April 2016
  2. ^ a b New York Times: "Alfred Lerner, 69, Banker; Revived Cleveland Browns" By RICHARD GOLDSTEIN October 25, 2002
  3. ^ Silbiger, Steve The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People p. 82
  4. ^ Crain's Cleveland Business: "Physician, Dr. James Goldfarb" May 04, 2009
  5. ^ a b Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Lawsuit withdrawn in wrongful death case" by Karen Farkas June 18, 2007
  6. ^ Colombus Dispatch: "Mother Sued Over Girl's Death" September 19, 2006
  7. ^ Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Mother, stepfather and day care provider sued in child's death" By Damon Sims June 23, 2008
  8. ^ "Nancy Lerner". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-05-19.