Ted Arison

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Ted Arison
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Born Theodore Arisohn
(1924-02-24)24 February 1924
Tel Aviv, Mandatory Palestine
Died 1 October 1999(1999-10-01) (aged 75)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Nationality British Palestine (1924-1948)
Israeli (1948-1952 and 1990-1999)
American (1950s-1990)
Alma mater American University of Beirut
Occupation Businessman, soldier, sports team owner and Philanthropist
Known for Founder Carnival Cruise Lines
Spouse(s) Mina Wasserman (1948–66; divorced)
Marilyn "Lin" Hersh (1967–99; his death)[1][2]
Children Micky, Shari, Michael[1][2]
Parent(s) Meir and Vera Arisohn
Military career
Allegiance Israel Israel
Years of service 1948 - early 1950 (IDF)
British Army (1940-1945)
Rank Sgan Aluf (Lieutenant Colonel)
Sergeant Major (1940-1945)

Ted Arison (Hebrew: תד אריסון‎‎; 24 February 1924 – 1 October 1999) was an Israeli businessman who co-founded Norwegian Cruise Lines in 1966 with Knut Kloster and founded Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972.

Early years[edit]

Arison was born Theodore Arisohn in Tel Aviv (in the then British Mandate of Palestine) to Meir, a wealthy businessman, and Vera Arisohn. He was a third-generation sabra of Romanian descent and studied commerce and economics at the American University of Beirut[1] and fought as a member of the Jewish Brigade of the British Army during World War II. After the British departure he later served as an officer in the IDF during Israel's War of Independence, eventually achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. From 1946-51, he managed Meir Dizengoff and Company, a shipping company.[2]

Business career[edit]

Frustrated by the lack of business opportunities, Arison wrapped up his business and moved to the United States after 1952. He took his family to New York in 1954 and moved to Miami, Florida, in 1966.[1] He created Carnival Cruise Lines in 1972 in which he made his fortune.[2]

Later, he established the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts based in Miami. He brought professional basketball to South Florida with the forming of the Miami Heat in 1988, and established the Arison Foundation, a philanthropic institution, in Israel and the United States.[citation needed]

In 1986, Arison's condominium neighbor, Count de S.G. Elkaim (Vice President at E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc.), advised him to go public before an impending big correction in the stock market. Following his advice and guidance, Carnival Cruise Lines went public in the American Stock Exchange in July 1987, one month before the stock market top and the infamous crash of October 1987. (Hutton was one of the four underwriters.)[3]

No competition was able to raise money, which gave Carnival a head start. In February 1989, Arison awarded in the strictest of confidence the exclusive sale of the company at $30 per share to Elkaim. The stock market recovery from the emotional shock on the 1987 crash was not able to absorb this transaction. Consequently, having Carnival in the stock market and the ensuing rally until 1999 catapulted Arison to one of the world's richest people.[3]

Return to Israel[edit]

In 1990, he renounced his U.S. citizenship, in an effort to avoid estate tax in the United States and returned to Israel and founded Arison Investments.[4] In 1997, he headed a consortium that purchased the controlling share in Bank Hapoalim for more than $1 billion, the largest privatization in Israel's history.[5]


Arison married Mina Wasserman in 1948 and they had two children: a son Micky (born 1949) and a daughter Shari (born 1957). The couple divorced after moving to Florida in 1966. In 1967 he married Marilyn "Lin" Hersh and later adopted her son Michael (born 1961).[2][1][6]


At the time of his death in 1999, Ted Arison failed by approximately nine months to meet the requirement of being outside of United States territory for 10 years for the tax benefits of his renunciation of U.S. citizenship to be realized.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Billionaire Shari Arison, Israeli Heiress, Roils Biggest Bank". Bloomberg L.P. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Ted Arison profile". encyclopedia.jrank.org. 
  3. ^ a b "Carnival Corporation". Carnival Corporation. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The Real Micky Arison". Miami New Times. 3 February 2000. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  5. ^ McDowell, Edwin (2 October 1999). "Ted Arison, Carnival Founder, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Youth cultist home for holiday". Associated Press. 24 November 1978. Michael Arison, 17