Stanley Gold

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Stanley Gold
Gold during the Save Disney Campaign
Stanley Phillip Gold

(1942-09-10) September 10, 1942 (age 76)
NationalityUnited States
J.D., 1967
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
USC Gould School of Law (J.D)
EmployerShamrock Holdings
TitleChairman of the Board
Political partyDemocrat
Board member ofJewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Chairman of the Board
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
University of Southern California (Chairman Emeritus)
iPass, Inc.
Walt Disney Company NYSEDIS(formerly)
Tadiran Communications, Ltd. (formerly)
Ansell, Ltd ASXANN (alternate)
L.A. Gear, Inc.
Spouse(s)Ilene Carol Gold, née Glasberg
ChildrenCharles and Jennifer

Stanley Phillip Gold (born September 10, 1942) served as President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, Roy E. Disney's private investment company from 1985 to 2013 and is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. He was on the Walt Disney Company's board of directors 1984; 1987–2003. He and Roy resigned to publicly campaign to oust then CEO and Chairman of the Board Michael Eisner.[2] He also helped oust CEO Ron W. Miller and hire Eisner in 1984.[3] He has played a leading role at USC (past chairman of the board of trustees) and the University of Southern California Law School, sustained Jewish organizations with both his leadership and treasure, and been a significant political contributor.

Among the artifacts displayed in his study at home are personalized autographs from both Babe Ruth and Stan Musial. He collects Porsche automobiles.[1][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Gold was born to a Jewish family[5] in Los Angeles, California.[6] He grew up in South Los Angeles, near Dorsey High School. The family moved to the Valley when he was a teenager. After graduation from Van Nuys High School, he entered Cal Berkeley. There he dated his future wife, Ilene. He finished his A.B. in political science at U.C.L.A., and in 1967 earned a law degree at University of Southern California. He went to England for post-graduate work at Cambridge University.[1]

He practiced law with Martin Gang at Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown law firm 1968–????. For part of that time he was the managing partner.[1] For a number of years, he specialized in corporate acquisitions, sales and financing.

During his business career he served as President of Shamrock Broadcasting, Inc., President and then Chairman of Central Soya Company, Inc., Chairman of Enterra Corporation NYSEEN and Chairman of Koor Industries Ltd. NYSEKOR, Chairman of Tadiran Communications, and other companies.

Philanthropy and service[edit]

At a banquet honoring U.S. Ambassador John Marshall Evans (4 March 2007) he pledged $100,000 to USC's Institute of Armenian Studies.[7] In 2001, he pledged $500,000 to establish the Martin Gang Scholarship Fund at Hebrew Union College; Roy and Patty Disney pledged an additional $100,000.[8]

Gold was a fund raiser and donor for Ehud Barak's successful campaign in the 1999 Israeli prime ministerial election.[9]

Gold has been a contributor to federal political campaigns for many years, largely to Democrats, both candidates and organizations (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic National Committee) but also to a few Republicans (such as George W. Bush, Robert Dole, Richard Lugar, Mitt Romney, Arlen Specter, William Weld, Pete Wilson). (The Center for Responsive Politics reports $238,000 for 1993–17 Dec 2008, including a few non-federal contributions. See

He is a supporter of the Two-state solution in the Middle East.[5] In April 2013, Gold was one of 100 prominent American Jews who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to "work closely" with Secretary of State John Kerry "to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel's security needs, which would represent Israel's readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace."[10]



  1. ^ a b c d Greenberg, Brad A. (October 18, 2007). "New Chairman of the Jewish Federation: I'm 'gonna make it relevant'". The Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  2. ^ Taylor, John (1987). Storming the magic kingdom : wall street, the raiders, and the battle for Disney (1st ed.). New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-394-54640-7. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  3. ^ Stewart, James B. (2005). Disney war. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-80993-9. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  4. ^ Gold, Stanley P. "AN OPEN LETTER TO THE BOYS..." Stories – Stanley Gold's story. Timo Pantsari – Webmaster of Porsche Net. Archived from the original on 2000-05-30. Retrieved 2008-12-20. I'm beginning to feel like a Porsche aficionado (my wife still calls me a "Porsche Nut")... We arrived safe and sound at The Factory; turned in our paperwork; bought a few more Porsche items in the gift shop and brought to an end three weeks that will always be known in our home as Porsche's Grand Tour of Italy.
  5. ^ a b Israel Policy Forum: "Prominent US Jews Support Two States, Urge Abbas to Set Positive Tone" Archived 2014-11-07 at the Wayback Machine September 25, 2013
  6. ^ Family Tree Legends
  7. ^ Lewis, Wayne (March 2007). "A Community Celebrates A Hero. Supporters give more than $1.2 million to USC College's Institute of Armenian Studies". USC College : News : March 2007 : Institute of Armenian Studies. University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-12-17. Stanley Gold, chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, challenged the 1,000 attendees to expand their support for the institute.
  8. ^ "Ilene and Stanley P. Gold, distinguished benefactors and community leaders, are honored at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's (HUC-JIR) 125th Anniversary Gala". HUC-JIR News. Hebrew Union College. October 28, 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-08-18. Retrieved 2008-12-17. The Gold Family presents an additional challenge gift of $500,000 for the creation of the Martin Gang Scholarship Fund for HUC-JIR.
  9. ^ Seliktar, Ofira (2002). "Chapter 8: Lurching to the Left. Responding to Barak's Vision of the Peace Process". Divided We Stand: American Jews, Israel, and the Peace Process. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-275-97408-4. Retrieved 2008-12-17.
  10. ^ Hareetz: "100 American Jewish leaders urge Netanyahu to show readiness to make 'painful territorial sacrifices'" by Chemi Shalev April 3, 2013

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