Our founder & family
Our family is a private business family. The roots of our businesses lie in the enterprise first established by the late global ship owner Sammy Ofer KBE (1922-2011). (Find out more about our history)
Through Ofer Global, our businesses operate principally in shipping, real estate, banking and investments – spanning Europe, North America, the Near East and Asia. (Find out more about the family businesses)
Philanthropy has always been an important part of our family story. Sammy Ofer himself was a committed philanthropist who believed in giving generous support to charitable causes and cultural institutions. He established and financed many programmes for the public good – including the creation of a fund to assist people in need with life-saving medication, as well as a variety of educational scholarships. He was also a particular supporter of the maritime heritage of the UK. (Find out more about Sammy Ofer)
Sammy’s eldest son, our chairman and founder, Eyal, has long maintained and built upon that tradition, establishing with his wife Marilyn our Foundation to ensure the continuation of the family’s philanthropic legacy.
Eyal is a committed patron of cultural and educational institutions who has personally supported causes from preserving artistic heritage and academic resources, to driving new areas of research and making available advancement opportunities for those from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds. Both Eyal and his wife Marilyn are International Council Members of the Tate Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Marilyn is also Trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
Aside from chairing the Foundation, Eyal is Chairman of Ofer Global, as well as Chairman of Zodiac Group, a private international shipping company based in Monaco. He is also Chairman of Global Holdings Group, a private real estate holding company specialising in large-scale commercial real estate and high-end residential developments. (Find out more about Eyal Ofer, Marilyn Ofer, David Ofer, Daniel Ofer, Jonathan Ofer, and Olivia Ofer)