Prominent Jewish People

A Compilation for AMALID by Rami E. Kremesti M.Sc.
, CWEM, CSci, CEnv


Jewish people have made great contributions in many fields of human accomplishment from science to medicine to business to economics to entertainment, music and literature and last but not least in religion. I wish this compilation to help people with anti-semitic and racist tendencies to think about how intelligent and accomplished this ethnic group of people are.


 Edgar Bronfman, Jr.: formerly CEO of Seagram and vice-chairman of Vivendi Universal, has been CEO of Warner Music Group since 2004.

Edgar M. Bronfman - was a Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist. He worked for his family drinks firm, Seagrams, eventually becoming president, treasurer and chief executive.

Samuel Bronfman:
(February 27, 1889 – July 10, 1971) was a Canadian businessman and philanthropist. He founded Distillers Corporation Limited, and a Canadian family dynasty, the Bronfman family.

Lew Wasserman:
(22 March 1913 – 3 June 2002) was an American talent agent and studio executive credited with first creating and then taking apart the studio system in a career spanning more than six decades. He was also the manager of MCA for the Martin and Lewis comedy team.

Maximilian Faktorowicz a Polish-Jewish cosmetician founder of Max Factor: the cosmetics company (1877–August 30, 1938). Max Factor & Company was a related, two-family, multi-generational international cosmetics company before its sale in 1973 for $500 million dollars. Presently, the Max Factor name is a popular brand of Procter & Gamble Co., which purchased the company in 1991.

Jason Alexander: aka
Jay Scott Greenspan (born September 23, 1959), better known by his professional name of Jason Alexander, is an American actor, writer, comedian, television director and producer, and singer. He is best known for his role as George Costanza on the television series Seinfeld,

Sarah Michelle Gellar:
Sarah Michelle Prinze (born April 14, 1977), known professionally by her birth name of Sarah Michelle Gellar, is an American film and television actress. She became widely known for her role as Buffy Summers on the WB/UPN television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Gwyneth Paltrow: (
born September 27, 1972) is an American actress and singer.

Sara Jessica Parker famous actress of Sex and The City

Howard Stern

Adam Sandler

Barbara Streisand

David Suchet:
born 2 May 1946) is an English actor. He is known for his role as Agatha Christie's great detective Hercule Poirot in the long-running British TV dramatic series Poirot.

Elizabeth Taylor

Barbara Walters

Monica Lewinsky

Marc Jacobs

Calvin Klein

Donna Karren

Ralph Lauren

Isaac Mizrahi:
(born October 14, 1961) is an American TV presenter, fashion designer, and was the creative director of Liz Claiborne. He is best known for his eponymous fashion lines.

Levi Strauss - of the Levi jeans company

Stan Lee:
(born Stanley Martin Lieber; December 28, 1922)[1] is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

Michael Dell founder Dell Computer Company.

Larry Ellison founder ORACLE

Harry Oppenheimer - was a prominent South African businessman, industrialist and philanthropist. Oppenheimer was often ranked as one of the wealthiest people in the world. In 2004 he was voted 60th in the SABC3's Great South Africans.

Steve Ballmer - an American chief executive who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014, and is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Michael Bloomberg - an American businessman, author, politician, and philanthropist. His net worth is estimated at US$ 53.4 billion, as of July 2017. Former mayor of NYC.

Mark Cuban:
(born July 31, 1958)is an American entrepreneur.He is the owner of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks,[5] Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network HDNet.[6]

William Fox - a Hungarian-American motion picture executive, who founded the Fox Film Corporation in 1915 and the Fox West Coast Theatres chain in the 1920s.

Michael Eisner:
(born March 7, 1942) is an American businessman. He was the chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 until 2005.

Robert Evans - an American film producer and former studio executive, best known for his work on Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown.

David Geffen:
(born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer and philanthropist. Geffen is noted for creating Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, and DGC Records in 1990. Geffin was also one of the three founders of DreamWorks SKG in 1994.

Sam Goldwyn:
(c. July 1879 – January 31, 1974) was an American film producer, and founding contributor executive of several motion picture studios.

Jeffrey Katzenberg:
(born December 21, 1950) is an American film producer and CEO of DreamWorks Animation. He is perhaps most famous for his period as chairman of The Walt Disney Company's film division, and for producing DreamWorks animated films such as Shrek, Antz, The Prince of Egypt, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, How to Train Your Dragon and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

Carl Laemmle:
(January 17, 1867 – September 24, 1939), born in Laupheim, Württemberg, Germany, was a pioneer in American film making and a founder of one of the original major Hollywood movie studios - Universal. Laemmle produced or was otherwise involved in over four hundred films.

Marcus Loew:
(May 7, 1870 – September 5, 1927) was an American business magnate and a pioneer of the motion picture industry who formed Loews Theatres and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Joseph Schenck:
December 25, 1878 – October 22, 1961) was a pioneer executive who played a key role in the development of the United States film industry. Born in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia to a Jewish household.

Steven Spielberg:
(born December 18, 1946)[4] is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer, video game designer and studio executive. In a career spanning five decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an archetype of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing such issues as the Holocaust, slavery, war and terrorism. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema..He is also one of the co-founders of the DreamWorks movie studio.

Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's films, Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993), achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3.0 billion.

Louis B. Mayer:
(July 12, 1884– October 29, 1957) born Lazar Meir (Russian: Лазарь Меир) was an American film producer. He is generally cited as the creator of the "star system" within Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in its golden years.

Jack Leonard "J.L." Warner (August 2, 1892 – September 9, 1978), born Jacob Warner in London, Ontario, Canada, was a Canadian-born American film executive who was the president and driving force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Darryl Zanuck: (
September 5, 1902 – December 22, 1979) was an American producer, writer, actor, director and studio executive who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivalled only by that of Adolph Zukor). He earned three Academy Awards during his tenure.

Bob Weinstein:
(born October 18, 1954) is an American film and theatre producer, the founder and head of Dimension Films, former co-chairman of Miramax Films, and current head, with his brother Harvey Weinstein, of The Weinstein Company.

Harvey Weinstein - of the Weinstein Company. the Producer that recently fell from grace in Hollywood.

Adolph Zukor:
born Adolph Cukor, (January 7, 1873 – June 10, 1976) was a film mogul and founder of Paramount Pictures. Zukor was born to a Jewish family in Ricse, Hungary.

Frank O. Gehry : born Frank Owen Goldberg; February 28, 1929) is a Canadian American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles, California.

Moshe Safdie:
(born July 14, 1938) is an architect and urban designer. He was born in the city of Haifa, British Mandate for Palestine. He moved with his family to Montreal, Canada when he was 15 years old. In 1978, he became Director of the Urban Design Program and the Ian Woodner Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His company, Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc. is based out of Somerville, Massachusetts with branch offices in Toronto and Jerusalem.

 Boris Pasternak – 1958 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature from the Soviet Union: Prize received "for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition"

 Henri Bergson - 1927 Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature from France "in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brilliant skill with which they have been presented"

 Fritz Haber 1918 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry from Germany "for the synthesis of ammonia from its elements"

 Ilya Prigogine 1977 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry from Belgium "for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures"

Herbert C. Brown 1979 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry from United States "for their development of the use of boron- and phosphorus-containing compounds, respectively, into important reagents in organic synthesis"[36]

Albert Einstein 1921 Nobel Prize Laureate in physics from Germany "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". He escaped from Nazi Germany and helped the USA develop the Atomic Bomb.

 Niels Bohr from Denmark 1922 Nobel Prize Laureate in physics "for his services in the investigation of the structure of atoms and of the radiation emanating from them"[91]

 Wolfgang Pauli from Austria 1945 Nobel Prize Laureate in physics "for the discovery of the Exclusion Principle, also called the Pauli principle"

    Max Born United Kingdom 1954 Nobel Prize Laureate in physics "for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for his statistical interpretation of the wavefunction"[98]


Mark Zuckerberg founder of Facebook


Woody Allen - Actor and movie director


Natalie Portman - Actress famous for her role in the Black Swan


Ben Bernanke - The chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

In announcing his second term until 2014, President Obama said Bernanke’s background, temperament, courage and creativity helped prevent another Great Depression. Time named him person of the year last year. Bernanke, 56, wrote his doctoral thesis at MIT in 1979 on “Long-term commitments, dynamic optimization, and the business cycle” and his thesis adviser was none other than Stanley Fischer, the current governor of the Bank of Israel.

  Sergey Brin - Founder of Google

Elie Wiesel - Writer and Nobel Prize Laureate

Wiesel, now 81, is the world’s most famous living Holocaust survivor, having written 57 books and won a Nobel Prize. In April 2010, Wiesel took out full-page ads in US newspapers defending the Jewish rights to Jerusalem, and later dined with President Obama in an attempt to defuse the tension they caused.

Sacha Baron Cohen - Comedian and Actor

The British actor who played three crazy journalists, Ali G, Borat and Brüno, has created an international controversy over his comic characters – and become a household name around the globe.

Lucian Freud, Sigmund Freud's Grandson - one of the greatest contemporary living artists


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Last Updated: October 24, 2017