Richard Goldman

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Richard N. Goldman
BornApril 16, 1920
DiedNovember 29, 2010(2010-11-29) (aged 90)
Known forRichard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
Spouse(s)Rhoda Goldman
ChildrenJohn D. Goldman
Douglas E. Goldman
Susan R. Gelman
Richard Goldman (deceased)
Parent(s)Richard Samuel Goldman
Alice Wertheim Goldman

Richard N. Goldman (April 16, 1920 – November 29, 2010) was an American philanthropist who co-founded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1990 with his wife, Rhoda Goldman.[1] The Jewish Telegraphic Agency has called Goldman "one of the most influential Jewish philanthropists in the United States." [2] He founded the insurance company Goldman Insurance and Risk Management, and with his wife he established the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund in 1951.


Richard and Rhoda Goldman established the Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco, California, in 1990.[1] Goldman's foundation, which is sometimes nicknamed the "Green Nobel," awarded six prizes annually worth $150,000 USD to environmental activists representing six regions of the world.[1] Approximately $13.2 million has been awarded to activists from more than 70 countries since the Goldmans established the award, as of 2010.[1] The 1991 Goldman Environment Prize winner Wangari Maathai from Kenya and founder of the Green Belt Movement, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.[3]

In addition to his work with the Goldman Environmental Prize, Goldman supported beautification projects in San Francisco, and co-founded the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.[2] Through his foundation, which is worth more than one billion dollars, Goldman funded projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the Rhoda Goldman Plaza.[2] Among his California projects were investments in solar power, and protection of redwood forests and sealife.[3] In 2004, he was awarded the Chairman's Medal in the 11th Annual Heinz Award.[4] The Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley is named for the Goldmans.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Richard Goldman was the son of lawyer Richard Samuel Goldman and his wife Alice Wertheim Goldman.[6] He died at his home in San Francisco on November 29, 2010, at the age of 90.[1] He was survived by his daughter, Susan Gelman, and two sons, John and Doug.[2] He was predeceased by his wife, philanthropist Rhoda Haas Goldman, who died in 1996 and their son, Richard, who died in 1989.[2][7][8] A memorial service was held at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Weise, Elizabeth (2010-11-30). "Founder of Goldman Environmental Prize dies". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Philanthropist Richard Goldman dies at 90". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
  3. ^ a b Hurowitz, Glenn (1 December 2010). "Richard Goldman, founder of the Goldman Prize, dies at age 90". Grist. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  4. ^ "The Heinz Awards :: Richard Goldman". Heinz Family Foundation. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  5. ^ "Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley". Archived from the original on 2011-07-03. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  6. ^ a b Boxall, Bettina (1 December 2010). "Richard N. Goldman dies at 90; co-founder of Goldman Environmental Prize". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  7. ^ Barnes, Bart (October 20, 1989). "Richard W. Goldman Lawyer Richard W. Goldman, 42, a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams and a former assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, died Oct. 18 at George Washington University Hospital". Washington Post. He also was a member of the Adas Israel Congregation...Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Susan Sachs Goldman; three children, Daniel Sachs Goldman, William Sachs Goldman and Alice Rebecca Goldman
  8. ^ "Bill Goldman, 38, historian, philanthropist and Levi Strauss heir, killed in plane crash". Jewish Telegraph Agency. July 14, 2017.

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