Yaakov Nimrodi (Hebrew: יעקב נמרודי, born 1 June 1926) is an Israeli businessman and former Israeli intelligence officer. Nimrodi, the father of Ofer Nimrodi, was the chairman of Maariv, which he acquired in 1992.
Yaakov Nimrodi was born in Jerusalem, one of ten children. He was recruited into intelligence work at the age of 16, by Yitzhak Navon, a childhood friend who later became President of Israel. Nimrodi joined a special unit of the Palmach which specialized in gathering intelligence on Arab countries.
After Israeli independence in 1948, he was assigned to a military intelligence unit in the south of Israel, where he met Ariel Sharon, later Prime Minister of Israel. In 1956, he was appointed the IDF military attaché and Israel Defense Ministry representative in Tehran. There he was involved in Israel's large-scale arms sales to Iran in the 1960s. "No Israeli representative in Iran during the Shah's regime was more significant or influential than Nimrodi." During this time Nimrodi provided "advice and training" to Iran's SAVAK secret service.
Nimrodi returned to Israel after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, but continued to be involved in arms trading, including a $135m sale of arms to Iran in 1981. Nimrodi played a central role in the early stages of the Iran-Contra affair. He published a book on the affair in 2004.
- התקווה והמחד: פרשת איראנגייט, Maariv Publishing, 2004 (Irangate: A Hope Shattered)
- Profile of Yaakov Nimrodi
- Yaacov Nimrodi: A Tale Of Arms and the Man
- jewishvirtuallibrary.org, Encyclopaedia Judaica: Nimrodi, 2008
- Ephraim Kahana and Muhammad Suwaed (2009), The A to Z of Middle Eastern Intelligence, Scarecrow Press, p212
- Nigel West (2006), Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence, Scarecrow Press, p223
- Dan Fisher, Los Angeles Times, 28 October 1988. Sharon Linked to '82 Anti-Khomeini Coup Plot
- Jane Hunter, November 1986, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Israeli Arms Sales to Iran
- Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, 11 June 1987, SAVYON JOURNAL; NIMRODI GIVES A PARTY AND ALL THE BIG GUNS COME
- Uri Shitrit, The Irangate Affair
- Yossi Melman, Haaretz, 20 May 2004, Jackob Nimrodi tells his version