Peter Alfond

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Peter Alfond
Born(1952-05-17)May 17, 1952
Waterville, Maine, U.S.
DiedJuly 10, 2017(2017-07-10) (aged 65)
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cause of deathComplications from malaria
OccupationInvestor, philanthropist
Karen Benson
(m. 1976; div. 1992)
ChildrenRebekah Alfond, Sarah Alfond, Kyle Alfond, Deborah Alfond

Peter Alfond (May 17, 1952 – July 10, 2017) was an American millionaire, investor, and philanthropist.


Peter Alfond was born to a Jewish family, the son of Dorothy (née Levine) and businessman-philanthropist Harold Alfond.[1][2][3]

Harold Alfond founded the Dexter Shoe Company in 1958 and sold it in 1995 for $433 million of Berkshire Hathaway stock.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Alfond was married to Karen Benson, they met at Rollins College in Winterpark, Florida and had four children: Rebekah, Kyle, Sarah, and Deborah.[4][5]


Peter Alfond died on July 10, 2017 of complications from malaria, which he had contracted on a trip to Africa. He was 65 years old.[6]


  1. ^ a b Pérez-Peña, Richard (November 17, 2007). "Harold Alfond, Donor and Shoe Factory Owner, Dies at 93". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Colby College Digital Commons: "Bibby Levine Alfond Scrapbook" January 1, 2011
  3. ^ Silbiger, Steve The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People, p. 89
  4. ^ "Harold Alfond (1914–2007): Business Leader and Strong Supporter of the Rollins Sports Program". Rollins College. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "The World's Billionaires - Peter Alfond". Forbes. July 2017. ISSN 0015-6914.
  6. ^ Calder, Amy (July 11, 2017). "Philanthropist Peter G. Alfond, originally from Waterville, dies of malaria". Kennebec Journal.