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#223 Shari Arison $7.19B

Random fact: Holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship.


Israel's richest woman, Shari Arison owns holding group Arison Investments, which controls 20 percent of Tel Aviv-based Bank Hapoalim, Israel's biggest lender by assets, and 47 percent of Israel-based construction company Shikun & Binui. Other investments include a stake in Miami-based cruise line operator Carnival.

As of Oct. 17, 2017:
Last change +$19.1M (+0.3%)
YTD change +$1.13B (+18.6%)
Industry Diversified
Biggest asset Cash
Citizenship Israel
Age 60
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Shari Arison's net worth of $7.19B can buy ...

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The majority of Arison's fortune is derived from stakes in three publicly traded companies: Carnival Corporation, Bank Hapoalim and Shikun & Binui. She owns less than 5 percent of cruise line operator Carnival through Delaware-based Eternity Four Trust. Her stake is calculated based on the stake held by Northern Trust, as disclosed in the company's February 2017 proxy. Northern Trust is the trustee of Arison's Eternity Four Trust, according to the 2016 proxy filing.

Through Arison Investments, a Tel Aviv-based investment entity, she controls a 20 percent stake in Bank Hapoalim, Israel's largest lender by assets. She also controls a 47 percent stake in Israel-based builder Shikun & Binui. Both holdings are confirmed based on data from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Arison owns Luxembourg-based Miya, a closely held water technology company she started in 2007, which is focused on reducing leakage and loss at utilities. Miya doesn't disclose its financial results and isn't included in the net worth calculation.

The value of her cash holdings is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, taxes and charitable donations.

Through a spokeswoman, Deborah Kohan at Media Connect, Shari Arison declined to comment on her net worth calculation.


Birthdate: 9/9/1957
Family: Divorced, 4 children

Shari Arison was born Sept. 9, 1957, in New York City to Ted Arison and his wife, Mina. Her father, a third-generation Israeli, moved to the U.S. in 1954, living first in New York and then in Miami, where he established a small shipping business that served as a local representative for a Norwegian company. The business became the roots of cruise-line operator Carnival.

Growing up, Arison split her time between Israel and the U.S., and chose to speak Hebrew at home with her father. After high school, she served in Israel's military, and studied for a few semesters at Miami-Dade Community College, before returning to Israel in 1991. Eight years later, her father died, leaving Shari in charge of the family's Israeli assets -- including a stake in Bank Hapoalim and builder Shikun & Binui -- and her brother, Micky, in control of Carnival.

While Micky became a businessman in Miami, through Carnival and his purchase of the Miami Heat basketball team, Shari took longer to assert herself as a businessperson. She sold a 49 percent stake in closely held telecommunications Eurocom Group in 2005, and began to consolidate control over the family's Israel holding company, Arison Investments, buying the stakes held by her brother, stepmother and a Bank Hapoalim executive between 2006 and 2011.

Arison announced a new venture called Miya in 2008, which was dedicated to reducing water losses in urban distribution systems. The company became the centerpiece of her commitment to socially-conscious investing, and she has since spent more than $120 million buying companies from South Africa to Switzerland that address water leakage.

Arison has been public about her quest for inner peace. She founded Essence of Life in 2001, a nonprofit with the mission of raising "personal awareness" and offering "tools for attaining inner peace," which she provides through a visitor's center and internet radio broadcasts. These initiatives also extend to her philanthropy. She founded Good Deeds Day in 2007, an annual event that promotes community service around the world, and published "Activate Your Goodness," which she billed as a practical guide for focusing on the good to "transform from within" and make a difference in the world.

In September 2017, Arison announced she had reached a non-binding agreement to sell half her stake in Arison Holdings to two international partners. The deal terms were undisclosed and the sale is awaiting regulatory approval.

Arison lives in Tel Aviv. She has been divorced three times and has four children.

  • 1957 Shari Arison is born in New York.
  • 1972 Father Ted Arison founds cruise line operator Carnival in Miami.
  • 1978 Enrolls at Miami Dade Community College. Leaves a year later.
  • 1987 Becomes president of Ted Arison Family Foundation at age 30.
  • 1999 Shari inherits part of father's fortune after he dies.
  • 2008 Establishes Miya, company focused on preventing water leaks.
  • 2011 Buys out brother Micky's stake in Arison Investments.
  • 2013 Publishes self-help book, Activate Your Goodness.