Seth M. Siegel

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Seth M. Siegel
Alma materCornell University
Cornell Law School
  • Writer
  • Activist
Known forCo-founder of The Beanstalk Group
Notable work
Let There Be Water
Home townNew York City

Seth M. Siegel (born 1953) is an American businessman, writer, and activist. He is the author of the 2015 New York Times Best Seller, Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World. He has also founded or co-founded several companies including, The Beanstalk Group and Sixpoint Partners. Additionally, Siegel has produced shows for Broadway and television, and his essays and articles have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Early life and education[edit]

Siegel grew up in Queens, New York[1] as the grandchild of Jewish immigrants.[2] He attended Cornell University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974.[3] After graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,[4][5] Siegel returned to New York where he earned a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School.[6]


In 1992, Siegel co-founded The Beanstalk Group, a trademark licensing and brand extension company.[7][8] Clients of the company included Coca-Cola and Harley-Davidson, and AT&T.[9] The company was sold to the Ford Motor Company in June 2001,[10] and was, in turn, sold to the Omnicom Group in 2005.[11]

Siegel served as a producer of the 2002 Broadway revival of Man of La Mancha,[12] which was nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.[13] He was also a producer of the ABC miniseries, Dinotopia,[14] which received six Emmy Award nominations and won Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.[15] In 2007,[16] Siegel co-founded Sixpoint Partners, a financial services firm.[17][18]

In 2015, St. Martin's Press published Siegel's book, Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World, which detailed the ways in which Israel successfully implemented water management and conservation policies despite its arid climate.[2] Let There Be Water became a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post best seller[2][19] and has appeared in multiple foreign-language editions.[20][21][22] Since the publication of Let There Be Water, Siegel has lectured on water themes around the world. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[2][3][23]


Year Title Original publisher ISBN Notes
2015 Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World St. Martin's Press ISBN 9781250073952 New York Times Best Seller, The Washington Post Best Seller


  1. ^ "Seth M. Siegel '74". Cornell University. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Weinglass, Simona (December 1, 2015). "How Israel became a water superpower". The Times of Israel. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Woods, Lauren (February 7, 2017). "Lecturer Stresses Urgency of Global Water Crisis". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Seth Siegel: Israel's Successful Water Management Story". American Friends of The Hebrew University. September 5, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "Seth M. Siegel J.D." Bloomberg. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Ossman, Rachel (June 20, 2013). "Seth 'Yossi' Siegel wins Cornell Hillel's Tanner Prize". Cornell Chronicle. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Smith, Jennette (June 1, 2003). "The companies: Beanstalk". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  8. ^ Elliott, Stuart (January 11, 2001). "Omnicom Adds to Its Repertoire in Brand Licensing". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Hays, Constance L. (June 12, 1998). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS: ADVERTISING – NO MORE BRAND X; Licensing of Names Adds to Image and Profit". The New York Times. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Vranica, Suzanne (June 11, 2001). "Ford's Identify, Beanstalk to Merge To Generate More Loyalty to Brand". The Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ Baar, Aaron (October 20, 2005). "Omnicom's DAS Acquires Beanstalk Group". AdWeek. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Harris, Paul (October 28, 2002). "Man of La Mancha". Variety.
  13. ^ "List of Nominees for 2003 Tony Awards". Fox News. June 7, 2003. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Fries, Laura (May 9, 2002). "Dinotopia". Variety. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  15. ^ "Complete list of 2002 Emmy winners". San Francisco Chronicle. September 23, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Beltran, Luisa (February 13, 2012). "Hoffman Makes Partner at Sixpoint". PE Hub. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  17. ^ Stevenson, Chelsea (January 10, 2014). "Exclusive: Sixpoint hires former Virginia pension exec". Private Equity International. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  18. ^ Lee, Jan (December 8, 2015). "Building a Case for National Water Management: Let There Be Water". Triple Pundit. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "Washington Post bestsellers May 15, 2016". The Washington Post. May 13, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  20. ^ "世界的社會主義國家中,以色列的水利制度可能是最成功的例子" (in Chinese). The News Lens. April 7, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  21. ^ Kafruni, Simone (October 22, 2017). "'Água cara é solução para crise', diz ativista americano". Correio Braziliense (in Portuguese). Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  22. ^ "Izrael je nezávislý na počasí. Pouštní země vyrábí víc vody, než spotřebuje" (in Czech). Česká televize. May 12, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  23. ^ Schwartz, Yaakov (September 7, 2017). "Author Seth Siegel to discuss how Israel is winning the world's water wars". The Times of Israel. Retrieved December 27, 2017.

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