Issue 219: New Year 2009

In This Issue


The Lifestyles 360

In the wake of the formidable challenges posed by the global economic upheaval, the philanthropic world is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift. It is nevertheless encouraging to see that while the financial markets may go through cycles – even in the face of great challenges – philanthropic giving never goes out of style. The hundreds of dedicated givers who are featured on the following pages are a testament to that.


Cover Profile

Haim Saban

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Media mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl, can’t stop giving their fortune away – and they want you to have the same problem.

Victoria Christian

By Wendy Helfenbaum

No longer her father’s “tiny shadow,” Victoria Christain – daughter of famed British designer Clive Christian – is building on her family’s history of impeccable taste to create a venue for the next generation of music prodigies.

Kenneth & Elaine Langone

By Noreen Rubin

In 1999, Kenneth & Elaine Langone anonymously gave $100 million to New York University. Now, nearly a decade later, they have publicly given the school another $100 million – and they’re hoping others follow their lead.

Lynn Schusterman

By Merle Goldberg

Charged to carry out her late husband’s legacy, Lynn Schusterman successfully helped many people – including herself – reconnect with their heritage.

Tom Siebel

By Wendy Helfenbaum

Software billionaire Tom Siebel isn’t afraid to use shock and awe to scare kids away from hard drugs and toward a more meaningful life.

John Wood

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Inspired to change the fate of millions of children in developing countries, former Microsoft executive John Wood traded in his suit and tie for a chance to pay it forward.

Ivan Reitman

By Dave Gordon

His first film may have landed him with an indecency lawsuit, but comic legend Ivan Reitman’s résumé remains immaculate.

Ken and JJ Ramberg

By Victoria Scrozzo

Brother-sister team Ken and JJ Ramberg hope their cause-driven Internet search engines GoodSearch and Goodshop take a bite out of Google – one penny at a time.

Stephen J. Cloobeck

By Sharon B. Drechsler

With a new resort company under his corporate umbrella and a long list of charities to guide, Stephen J. Cloobeck, chairman & CEO of Diamon Resorts International, still finds time to play.

Colby Kash

By Victoria Scrozzo

Colby Kash is just like any other boy his age – he enjoys videogames, regularly wins family tennis matches, and attends junior high. But when it came time for Colby’s bar mitzvah earlier this year, the 13-year-old opted to try something out of the ordinary.

Judy Tenney

By Nancy Kleinbaum

New Yorker Judy Tenney is fighting for the rights of disabled people everywhere.


  • UJA Annual Kickoff
  • NYU Cancer Institute
  • JCUA Jurisprudence Awards
  • New York Philharmonic
  • A Farewell Tribute to Dan Gillerman
  • JCAA
  • Bonnie Hammer Honored by ADL
  • Tree of Life Dinner
  • AFHU Scopus Awards Dinner
  • iORT: Taking Technology to the Next Level
  • All in for Tikva
  • Aprés Opera at Lincoln Center
  • CRI Young Philanthropists
  • Children’s Champion Cruise
  • Honoring Hans Stern
  • The Crown Effect

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