Described as an industry titan by the New York Times, Israel Englander is a billionaire hedge-fund manager and one of the wealthiest people in the world. Born in Crown Heights to an Orthodox Jewish family (who had come to the United States by way of a Soviet labor camp), Englander first began trading stocks in high school, later graduating from NYU with a finance degree. He and Caryl, his wife, have given millions of dollars to Jewish organizations (including the Jewish Museum) and yeshivas. Israel sits on the board of Cornell Weill Medical Center, and Caryl, a photographer, is chair of the board at the International Center of Photography. The couple has funded exhibitions at the Guggenheim, as well as MoMA’s Edward Steichen archives.
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