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Levy, Leon, 1925-2003



  • Existence: 19250913 - 20030406

Biographical / Historical

Leon Levy (1925-2003) was, to quote Forbes magazine, a "Wall Street investment genius and prolific philanthropist" who helped create both mutual funds and hedge funds. As a young man, he was close to his father, the economic analyst Jerome Levy (1882-1967), who strongly influenced his son's career and values. "Dad did not view economics as a way to make money, but as a way to improve society," Leon once remembered, explaining a fundamental belief he shared. Leon Levy spent his professional life on Wall Street, starting out as a research analyst right after leaving the U.S. Army. Within three years, he was the youngest partner of Oppenheimer & Co. During the next five decades, he became one of the most innovative and influential figures in the financial world. From the start, he was a generous patron of the arts and a benefactor of a wide range of causes and institutions; he did not turn to philanthropy at the end of his life.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Papers of Joy Zacharia Appelbaum

Identifier: ASF AR 55

The collection documents the work and correspondence of Joy Zacharia Appelbaum and reflects various aspects of her life, personal research and writings in the field of Sephardic Jewish culture and society, mainly as they made their way here in the United States. Collection consists in large part of a large array of newspaper and magazine articles describing Sephardic life in various areas of the world, and especially in the United States. An extensive portion of the collection examines the various customs and traditions found among the Sephardim, including customs for the Jewish Holidays (and especially Passover). The collection also includes a significant quantity of information about the American Sephardi Federation, focusing a great deal on its conventions and activities in the late 1980s to early 1990s. There is also a sizable amount of information about the Sephardic communities in the Ottoman regions of Turkey, Greece, and the Balkans, with a considerable amount of material that focuses on the Quincentennial celebrations held to commemorate the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

Dates: undated, 1888—2012; Majority of material found within 1974-2004