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canada goose coats Samuel Belzberg in his office at First City Financial in Vancouver in 1986. He and two brothers founded the company and later expanded it through aggressive corporate takeovers.
Canada Goose Outlet Samuel Belzberg, a feared corporate raider of the 1980s who perfected the contentious practice known as greenmail to build one of Canada’s foremost uk canada goose family dynasties, then reinvented himself as a successful private equity investor, died on Friday night in a hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 89.
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“Sam was both a visionary and proud Jew,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, who canada goose clearance sale founded buy canada goose jacket the center.
Mr. Belzberg will be remembered primarily as a self made businessman a get out of my way entrepreneur who rose from the Canadian prairie to Canada Goose online the canada goose coats on sale pinnacle of the corporate world.
Starting out by selling used cars in Alberta in the 1940s, he went on to join his brothers, Hyman and William, in 1963 in founding what became First City Financial, a financial services giant and holding company, originally based in Vancouver, that would be used by the family for its high profile corporate takeovers.
The battle was detailed in 1981 in a front page article in The Wall Street Journal, which reported that Bache executives believed that Hyman Belzberg “might have ties to organized crime.”
Sam Belzberg angrily dismissed that notion, although he did acknowledge that his brother had vacationed at the Acapulco Hilton in 1970 and, he said, mingled unwittingly with underworld figures from the United States and Canada Goose sale Canada. (According to intelligence reports that were later made public, the mob bosses were meeting in Mexico to discuss casino strategy.)
In the end, Bache took refuge in the arms of Prudential Insurance, canada goose uk shop selling itself to Prudential in a deal that made the Belzbergs roughly $83 million in today’s money.
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Mr. Belzberg rejected that characterization as canada goose coats unfair. In an interview with The New York Times in 1986, when First City’s assets were worth roughly $18 billion in today’s money, he said he had never set out to sell stock back at a premium.
buy canada goose jacket “We have business plans when we buy into something,” he said, adding that he sold back shares only when companies refused to listen to his strategic advice.
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Samuel Belzberg was born in Calgary, Alberta, on June 26, 1928. cheap canada goose His father, Abraham Belzberg, had been a fishmonger in Poland when he immigrated to Canada in 1919 and started a furniture business. Samuel’s mother, the former Hinda Fishman, had also emigrated from Poland. They had three sons (Samuel was the middle one) and two daughters, Fanny and Lil, who were the oldest siblings.
Canada Goose Jackets Samuel Belzberg was the only son to graduate from college. He studied business at the University of Alberta.
canada goose black friday sale The business that he and his brothers built began as City Savings Trust Company in 1963 and uk canada goose outlet became First City Financial in 1971.
canada goose store He married Frances Cooper, a model and aspiring actress living in Los Angeles whose parents had come from the same small town in Poland as his. When he was Canada Goose Online 21, his father drove him to Los Angeles to meet her. She survives him.
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The fight, which coincided with the 1989 collapse of the junk bond market, made it harder for the Belzbergs to canada goose black friday sale find takeover financing and led Pennsylvania to adopt one of the country’s toughest anti takeover laws.
The raider era had ended.
It was then that Canada Goose Coats On Sale Mr. Belzberg, in his early 60s, started a second act as a private equity investor, ultimately building a new company in Vancouver, Gibralt Capital, into a powerhouse. Successful maneuvers included the Canada Goose Outlet buyout and turnaround of Keg Restaurants, a Canadian steakhouse chain; the financing of ID Biomedical, a manufacturer of vaccines based in Quebec City; and huge real estate projects in Nova Scotia, cheap Canada Goose California and Oregon.
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canadian goose jacket “He started over because he had lost a lot of money and had something to prove,” Wendy Belzberg said. “And he had commitments, philanthropic ones, that he was determined to make good on.”
With his wife, Mr. Belzberg founded the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation canada goose in 1976 after one of their daughters, Cheri, was found to have dystonia, a movement disorder. Mr. Belzberg was also a founder of Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles, which offers Modern canadian goose jacket Orthodox teaching, and he established Action Canada, a nonprofit leadership development initiative.
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