Matthew Bronfman


Mr. Bronfman has been in the investment business for the past 30 years. Mr. Bronfman is an investor in private and public companies. His interests have included telecommunications, insurance, banking, retail, real estate, manufacturing, and energy. Mr. Bronfman was taught early on about the value of hard work and education. Coming from a wealthy family, it was drilled into him that resting on the hard work of others was not acceptable. In addition, the concept of giving back to society was both modeled and discussed.

Mr. Bronfman’s grandfather, Samuel Bronfman was brought to Canada when he was 6 months old in 1889. When he passed away in 1971 he left behind the largest beverage alcohol company in the world, The Seagram Company.

Mr. Bronfman is married, has 7 children and lives in New York, NY. He is a 1981 graduate of Williams College and a 1985 graduate of the Harvard Business School.

Currently Mr. Bronfman is Chairman and CEO of BHB Holdings, a private holding company with investments ranging from a controlling interest in the Israel Discount Bank, Israel’s third largest bank to IKEA, Israel, the retail furniture chain. Some of Mr. Bronfman’s past activities include being an investor, director and chairman of the finance committee of an insurance company, CEO of a start-up cellular telephone company, the controlling shareholder of a group of radio stations and a chain of movie theaters. Also he was a director and shareholder of Jenny Craig, the weight loss company.

Mr. Bronfman serves on the boards of the 92nd St Y where he is a past president and the Teamwork Foundation where he is Chairman. He also chairs the international steering committee for Limmud FSU as well as for The Access division of the American Jewish Committee. Mr. Bronfman was formerly on the board of the Canadian Center for Architecture and was chairman of the Governing Board of the World Jewish Congress.