Samuel Rubin (philanthropist)

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Samuel Rubin
Born Samuel Rubin
Bialystok, Russia
Died (1978-12-21)21 December 1978 (age 77)
United States
Occupation humanitarian, entrepreneur
Known for Founder of Faberge Perfumes

Samuel Rubin (1901 – 21 December 1978) was a Russian humanitarian and entrepreneur.


Samuel Rubin was born to a Jewish family[1] In 1930, Rubin founded the Spanish Trading Corporation, following up in 1937 by founding Faberge Perfumes. He retained ownership of the company until 1963 at which point, it having been made a great success, he sold it. Part of the profits went into the Samuel Rubin Foundation,[2] which he had established in 1959.

In 1958 an endowed scholarship was established in his name at Rutgers School of Law—Newark.[3]

In 1972 he took part in a dinner meeting in Paris with Susan George and French political figures and intellectuals who all opposed the Vietnam War. This was at the request of Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). They discussed setting up the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Europe.

About this he said: “Since we all agree that the world is suffering from war, from inequities, from the inhuman treatment of perhaps more than two thirds of humanity, let us come together to examine these questions and to see what answers we can collectively produce that may perhaps deliver us, as humanity, as the human race, into a world different from the one we are living in today.”[4]

The Samuel Rubin Foundation has been an important funder of the Transnational Institute for many years.[5] TNI set up the "Samuel Rubin Young Fellowship Programme"[6] in honor of his support.

The foundation also helped established, as part of the "Samuel Rubin Program for Liberty and Equality Through Law", a visiting professorship and an annual lecture on Columbia Law School in 1981. Known as 'The Samuel Rubin Lectures',[7][8] the professorship and the lecture are to address current issues in human and civil rights law.

Personal life[edit]

Rubin has been married twice.[9] His first marriage was to Vera Rubin, an anthropologist; they had two children, Reed and activist Cora Weiss.[9][10] His second wife was Hazel Rubin.[9]


  1. ^ Silbiger, Steve (May 25, 2000). The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 185. ISBN 9781589794900.
  2. ^ website of the Samuel Rubin Foundation Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ list of scholarschips at Rutgers, School of Law
  4. ^ website of TNI
  5. ^ grants awarded by the foundation in 2010 Archived 2010-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ website on the program
  7. ^ Samuel Rubin Lecture
  8. ^ 2008 Samuel Rubin Lecture
  9. ^ a b c New York Times: "SAMUEL RUBIN DIES; ARTS PATRON. WAS 77" By BARBARA CAMPBELL] December 23, 1978
  10. ^ [1] Biography of Cora Weiss on the World People's Blog