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Top 200 Collectors

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Eyal Ofer


Shipping and real estate

Contemporary art; Impressionism and Post-Impressionism; Modern art


Eyal Ofer is the chairman of a multi-generational family group, Ofer Global. He oversees the company’s private portfolio of international businesses in shipping, real estate, energy, technology, banking and investments. Key to that is the company’s shipping division, which he established in the 1970s alongside his father, the late Sammy Ofer. It became one of the world’s largest shipping companies before diversifying into other business interests. Ofer Global, through its subsidiary Global Holdings Group, also holds some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including 15 Central Park West and 120 Park Avenue in New York and the Sea Containers in London.

In addition to his involvement with the family company, he also sits on the board of Royal Caribbean Group, which he has been on since 1995, and the advisory board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. As Chairman of Ofer Global. In 2014, he was received a lifetime membership of the Baltic Exchange in London in recognition of his contribution to the maritime industry.

And philanthropy is also a key component to Ofer’s portfolio. He founded the Eyal & Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation, which primarily supports the arts and education sectors. Ofer is an also involved with a number of arts institutions. He is a member of the International Councils of both the Tate in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is also a founding member of the Circle of Friends of the Giacometti Foundation. He is also closely involved with both the National Maritime Museum in London and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which includes the Eyal Ofer Building for the Arts.

Ofer has generally avoided going into the specifics of what is in his holdings of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and modern and contemporary art, but it is known that he received a portion of his father’s esteemed art collection, which was rumored to include masterpieces by the likes of Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.

Editor’s Note: Eyal Ofer was listed on the 2019 edition of the Top 200 Collectors alongside his brother, Idan, but they are now listed separately.