Samuel Rubin (philanthropist)

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Samuel Rubin
Born Samuel Rubin
Bialystok, Russia
Died 21 December 1978(1978-12-21)
Occupation humanitarian, entrepreneur

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.

Samuel Rubin's daughter is Cora Weiss.[9]