April 6, 1953
|Citizenship||Finnish and British|
|Alma mater||Tel Aviv University|
|Occupation||Chairman and CEO of Tamares Group|
|Known for||Art collection, philanthropy|
|Home town||Tampere, Finland|
|Net worth||£1.5 billion (2013)|
Board member of
|Relatives||Rebecka Belldegrun (sister)|
Chaim "Poju" Zabludowicz (born 6 April 1953), owner of the Lichtenstein-registered Tamares Group, is a Finnish-British business magnate, art collector and philanthropist based in London, England.
Zabludowicz was born in Helsinki and raised in Tampere, where he attended Svenska Samskolan i Tammerfors, the Swedish-speaking school in the city. He graduated with a degree in Economics and Political Science from Tel Aviv University and later worked at BFG Bank AG in Frankfurt. He is married to British-born Anita Zabludowicz. In 1989, they purchased a mansion on The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, and later purchased the adjacent mansion in 1997. His father, Shlomo Zabludowicz, built the family business around Soltam, an Israeli defence contractor.
In 1978, Zabludowicz was appointed a director of Tamares, the family's holding company, and has headed the company since 1990. Tamares invests in a number of different private and public companies, and in real estate properties. The company owns 40% of the land in downtown Las Vegas.
In 2006, Zabludowicz established and was the chairman of Auctor Capital Partners, a corporate finance and advisory house for hedge funds. He has been the chairman of Synova Capital since 2007, a private equity fund specialising in investments in UK growth companies, and chairman of Tamares Telecom, a privately held service provider that operates and markets communications services based on a new internationally deployed fiber-optic network.
Zabludowicz has been a director of Mustavaaran Kaivos since 2011, a company that owns the mineral rights to the Mustavaara vanadium/iron/titanium deposit in northeastern Finland, and has been a director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Outotec since March 2012, a company that provides technologies and services for the metal and mineral processing industries.
Zabludowicz has served on a number of boards, including the European advisory board of Citigroup, the board of directors of GEMS (an Asia Pacific private equity fund), and Stratos Ventures (an early stage venture capital firm with a focus on information and communication technology sectors).
Zabludowicz is the founder and former chairman of BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, an organization founded in 2001 which lobbies the UK government on behalf of Israel. He is reported to have given the pressure group more than £2 million in three years. He is also a member of the advisory boards of CST (Community Security Trust) and UJIA (United Jewish Israel Appeal), and is a trustee of Jewish Leadership Council. He has given donations to David Cameron's leadership campaign in 2005 and to the Conservative Party in 2010.
The Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases opened in Sheba Medical Center through Poju and Anita Zabludowicz's donations. The center centralizes under one roof all aspects of autoimmune research and treatment, and brings together physicians and researchers from multidisciplinary fields such as internal medicine, clinical immunology, autoimmunity, rheumatology, ophthalmology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology.
Poju and Anita Zabludowicz have been involved in a large number of activities, from sponsoring of exhibitions and art fairs, to organizing various fundraising events.
Since the 1990s, Poju and Anita Zabludowicz have been accumulating a 500-artist, 5,000-piece collection of artwork. They exhibit their private art collection at three different locations, one of them being 176, a gallery in a former 19th-century Methodist chapel in Chalk Farm, north London. Inaugurated in 2007, the Zabludowicz Collection’s London project space presents exhibitions of collection works and new commissions by artists linked to the collection. One sculpture in the collection, a miniature statue of Jesus with an erection, surrounded by 50 other sculptures also with erections, has been considered "grotesquely offensive" by some Christians, one of whom has said she will bring a private prosecution against the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, which has exhibited the statue.
1500 Broadway houses a selection of works from the Zabludowicz Collection. The programme at 1500 consists of temporary exhibitions and events whilst the lobby is open to the public during office hours.
Across three locations on Sarvisalo, an island in Loviisa, Finland, the Zabludowicz Collection has initiated an international residency programme for invited artists. The residency programme offers an environment for the production of art.
Poju and Anita Zabludowicz appear in ArtReview's Power 100 lists for 2006-2012 which assess those most powerful in the art world. In 2012, they were listed at number 87. They appear in ARTnews's 200 Top Collectors lists for 2005-2013 which compile the world's most active art buyers. Larry's List, an online database of art collectors, which ranks collectors according to Internet presence, institutional engagement, art fair participation, communications platforms, and the physical visibility and scale of their collection, has ranked them 3rd in the world. They also appear in ArtLyst's Power 100 list for 2013.
Zabludowicz claimed in October 2011 that he was tricked into funding the lavish lifestyle and globetrotting of former UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox and Fox's adviser Adam Werritty and was said to be furious at suggestions that he had received any benefit or access from the payments.
Zabludowicz has been called to the High Court as witness in Scot Young's divorce case.
Zabludowicz and his family reside mainly on The Bishops Avenue, a street in London referred to as Billionaire's Row, and have homes in Caesarea, Tel Aviv, and Sarvisalo, a small island in Finland. He and his wife have commissioned a £60 million pair of "his and hers" mansions in London with an adjoining art gallery. They also own a 120-ft yacht.
In 2008, Zabludowicz was listed at number 30 in the Jewish Chronicle Top 100, a "list of those who wield the greatest influence on British Jewry."
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