Jerry Zucker
Born August 24, 1949(1949-08-24)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Died April 12 2008 (aged 58)
Charleston, SC
Cause of death Cancer
Nationality American
Known for Philanthropy
Spouse(s) Anita Zucker
Children 3

Jerry Zucker (August 24, 1949 – April 12, 2008) was an Israeli-born American businessman and philanthropist.


Jerry Zucker was the son of Holocaust survivors.[1] He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science (triple major) degree in mathematics, chemistry, and physics and went on to earn his M.S. in Electrical Engineering.

Business careerEdit

Zuker was president and CEO of the InterTech Group.[2] He was President and CEO of the Polymer Group at the time it acquired the Montreal-based Dominion Textile Company in 1997; he resigned from Polymer Group in 2003. In 2006, he acquired the Hudson's Bay Company, North America's oldest company, becoming its Governor (Company Chairman) and CEO. Zucker was also a part-owner of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. He ranked #354 on Forbes 400 Richest Americans and #746 on Forbes Billionaire List 2006. In 2008, Forbes placed his wealth at $1.2 billion USD [3]He held over 350 patents in his lifetime and donated millions of dollars to international medical missions as well as local charities.[4]


Zucker died of a brain tumor on April 12, 2008.[5][6]Zucker was survived by his wife Anita, who became the first female governor of HBC in its 338 year history, and by his children Jonathan Zucker, Andrea Muzin, and Jeffrey Zucker.[7]

Ted Levin, president of the Emanu-el synagogue, said at Zucker's funeral:

"Anybody who reached out to him for help never went away with an empty hand....It's a loss not just for our community, or for Charleston, but it's a loss for the world."[8]


The South Carolina Stingrays, of which Zucker was part owner, adorned their helmets with a "JZ" sticker, a practice which continues to present day. The team also recognized his contributions to the team and the community by inducting him into the Stingrays Hockey Hall of Fame on March 21, 2009. The Stingrays organization unveiled the Jerry Zucker Community Service award, to be given yearly to the Stingrays player whose impact on the local community was greatest. The first to receive the award was Stingrays forward Spencer Carbery. The Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope, started in October of 2008, provides fundraising efforts for the Livestrong foundation and also supports local charities engaged in the fight against cancer.


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