Shari Arison

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Shari Arison
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Arison in 2009
Born (1957-09-09) September 9, 1957 (age 61)
ResidenceTel Aviv, Israel
EducationDrop Out, Miami Dade College
OccupationBusinesswoman and philanthropist
OrganizationArison Group
Net worthDecrease US$ 5.0 billion (2019)[1]
Spouse(s)Jose Antonio Sueiras (divorced)
Miki Dorsman (divorced)
Ofer Glazer (divorced)
--three with Sueiras
--one with Dorsman
Parent(s)Ted Arison
Mina Arison Sapir
RelativesMicky Arison (brother)

Shari Arison (Hebrew: שרי אריסון‎; born (1957-09-09)September 9, 1957) is an American-born Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, and Israel's wealthiest woman. She is the owner of Arison Investments, which comprises several business companies, and of The Ted Arison Family Foundation, which comprises several philanthropic organizations that operate as its subsidiaries. She was the controlling shareholder of Bank Hapoalim for 21 years, and after selling some of her shares in November 2018, she ceased to be the controlling shareholder at the bank. She was also the owners of Shikun & Binui for 22 years, sold to the Saidoff Group on August 6, 2018. .

According to Forbes, she is the richest woman in the Middle East, and the only woman to be ranked in the region's top-20 richest people in 2007.[2][3] As of 2018, Forbes estimated her fortune at US$ 4.5 billion, making her the 334th-wealthiest person in the world, and the fourth-wealthiest in Israel.[4]


Arison was born in New York City, and is the daughter of the businessman Ted Arison and Mina Arison Sapir. She has an older brother, Micky. In 1966 her parents divorced, and she moved to reside with her mother in Israel. At the age of 12 she returned to the US to live with her father, and five years later she returned to Israel in order to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces.

In 1999 Arison's father died, and bequeathed her 35% of his possessions. In 2003, she caused a large amount of protest after 900 workers were fired from Bank Hapoalim.

In 2007, Arison initiated Good Deeds Day, an international day of doing good deeds, a peak event of year-round activities for good. In 2018, more than 2 million Israelis particiapted in Good Deeds Day, with millions more in 100 countries across the globe.

Arison was awarded the America–Israel Friendship League's Partners for Democracy award in 2010, for her contribution to promoting the economies of Israel and the U.S.A.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Arison has been married and divorced three times.[6] Her first husband was Jose Antonio Sueiras, an officer on one of the ships owned by her father;[6] they had three children.[7] Her second husband, was basketball player Miki Dorsman;[6] they had one child.[7] Her third husband was Ofer Glazer.[6]

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  1. ^ "Shari Arison". Forbes. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  2. ^ Forbes topic page on Shari Arison. Accessed March 2010.
  3. ^ 7 Israelis on Forbes' list of richest Mideast billionaires – Israel Money, Ynetnews
  4. ^ "Shari Arison". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  5. ^ "Shari Arison Receives Award From The America-Israel Friendship League: 'Through Business And Philanthropy, We Can Bring Goodness To The Entire World'". GlobeNewswire. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Jerusalem Post: "Grapevine: Three divorces and a wedding" by GREER FAY CASHMAN September 8, 2011
  7. ^ a b Haaretz: "From riches to riches - It's a difficult time for billionaire Shari Arison. Instead of hearing praise for her philanthropy, she finds herself trying to justify the massive layoffs at Bank Hapoalim, in a PR effort gone badly wrong" By Neri Livneh January 29, 2003

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