High Achieving Jews Across Industries and the Globe

1 year ago The Connections Staff 0

Kenisha Birwadkar// Mumbai, India

Fellow Jews are leading the way in business, design, sports and films. These Jews are also very distant cousins of ours, aren’t they? We’re all connected in some way. These achievers are making the Jewish tribe proud and inspiring us to be like them some day.

So in light of these achievements, I’ve compiled a list of prominent Jewish leaders around the globe; I hope you will be inspired by these figures below.

Jewish businessmen


Henry Crown was an American industrialist and philanthropist who founded the material service corporation, which merged with general dynamics in 1959.


Rahr was the founder and owner of pharmaceuticals, and a generic wholesaler. Kinray is now the largest privately owned pharmaceutical distributor.


Jesse Itzler is an entrepreneur and author. He is the co-founder of Marquis Jet, one of the largest private jet card companies in the world! He is also a partner in Zico coconut water, the founder of the 100 mile group and an owner of the NBA’s Atlanta hawks.


George Lyle Lindemann was a billionaire businessman known for being the chairman and chief executive officer of southern union. He was also the owner of 19 Spanish language radio stations and the Vice President of the metropolitan opera association in New York city.

Jewish Artist and Designers


Marc Jacobs, an American fashion designer, is the head designer for his own fashion label, Marc Jacobs. MARO was formerly marketed by Marc Jacobs, a diffusion line, which was produced for approximately 15 years before it was discontinued after the 2015 fall/winter collection.


Paul Rand was an American art director and graphic designer. He is best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, Ups, Enron, Morningstar, Westinghouse, ABC and Next. He was one of the first American commercial artists to embrace and practice the swiss style of graphic design.


Abram Games, a Jewish Graphic Designer, held a style of work that was refined but vigorous compared to the work of contemporaries. This has earned him a place in the pantheon of the best of 20th century Graphic Designers.

Jewish sportsmen


In 2012 Brown, at the age of 16, became the first Australian Jewish football (soccer) player to enter the A-league when he signed a three-year contract with the Melbourne victory. He plays as a forward.


Gretel Lambert was a German Jewish track and field athlete who competed as a high jumper during the 1930s.


Harold Maurice Abrahams CBE was an English track and field athlete. An Olympic champion in 1924 in the 100 metres sprint, his feat was depicted in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire.


Jordan Robert Farmar is an Israeli-American professional basketball player in the national basketball association. Farmar impressed NBA scouts at the pre-draft combine with a 42-inch (110 cm) vertical leap, the highest of any player there. 

Jewish performing artists 


Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality, best known for her role as a judge in the television series American Idol. She has an incredible dancing ability; her skill as a choreographer is what makes her unique.


Bella Lewitzky was a modern dance choreographer, dancer and teacher. As a teenager, she moved to Los Angeles and began taking ballet lessons. She became a devoted dancer at the age of 18. By age 20, she had already won widespread recognition!


Ruby Myers, better known by her stage name Sulochana, was an Indian silent film actress of Jewish ancestry. In her time she was one of the highest paid actresses.