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# 183 Eyal Ofer $9.82B

Random fact: Father Sammy served in Royal Navy at the start of World War II.


Eyal Ofer's interests, which are mainly in shipping and real estate, are controlled through Monaco-based Ofer Global. He's chairman of Monaco-based shipping business, Zodiac Group, which has a fleet of more than 165 ships. Through Global Holdings Group, he owns over 100 properties and more than 3000 hotel rooms.

As of :
Last change +$67.6M ( +0.7%)
YTD change -$1.66B ( -14.4%)
Industry Services
Biggest asset Zodiac Group Monaco
Citizenship Israel
Age 70
Wealth Self-made
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Part of Eyal Ofer's fortune originates from the shipping business his father founded in the 1960s, which he has expanded and diversified into new sectors. At the time of his father's death in 2011, assets were equitably divided between the billionaire and his brother, Idan.

Ofer owns Monaco-based Ofer Global, a group of international businesses focused on shipping, real estate, oil and gas, technology, banking and investments. It has an international shipping enterprise whose vessels are operated by Zodiac Maritime and Zodiac Tankers, part of Zodiac Group. Zodiac has more than 165 vessels that are valued using data from ship valuation service, based on transactions and new build prices as of Sept. 25, 2019. It includes active ships and vessels under construction. Leverage is calculated at 50%.

Ofer also controls Global Holdings, which has more than 100 properties and 2,500 hotel rooms, according to its website. He also has a controlling stake in Miller Global Properties, a real estate investment fund. Valuations for the properties are based on income capitalization, less calculated debt. Miller Global’s valuation is based on the average price-to-book multiple of three peers.

Ofer has interests in oil and gas exploration and production through a 70% stake in New Zealand Oil & Gas and through Omni Offshore Terminals, a provider of floating oil-storage facilities. Omni’s valuation is based on a 2014 peer-analysis appraisal according to a person familiar with the report who declined to be identified because the business is private. The valuation was reduced by 30% in November 2018 to reflect the share-price decline of oilfield-services companies.

The valuation of his cash holdings is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, market performance, taxes and charitable donations including gifts of 10 million pounds to London's Tate Modern in 2013 and $5 million to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2019.


Birthdate: 6/2/1950
Family: Married, 4 children

Eyal Ofer was born June 2, 1950, in Haifa, Israel, the older of two sons born to Sammy and Aviva Ofer. His father, a Romanian immigrant, founded a shipping company with his brother in the 1950s, after serving in the Israeli Navy. By the 1970s, Sammy Ofer had branched out on his own in Europe and established a shipping company that grew over the years into an international business and became known as the Sammy Ofer Group Monaco.

Ofer joined the family business in the 1970s, after graduating from secondary school, Atlantic College in the U.K. Upon joining, he helped expand the business beyond shipping and into industries such as real estate and banking. In the early 1980s, he turned his focus to the U.S. market, especially Manhattan. One of his most successful investments to date was 15 Central Park West, a luxury condominium building which he developed with the late William and Arthur Zeckendorf in 2008. In March 2012, the building set a record for the most expensive single apartment sale ever recorded in New York, at $88 million. The record was broken two months later.

In June 2011, Sammy Ofer died at the age 89, leaving Eyal and his younger brother, Idan, at the helm of the Ofer family empire. According to the family's spokespeople, Sammy had spent years planning for the generational transfer to ensure an orderly transition. They said the assets were divided equitably between the two brothers, with Eyal Ofer inheriting the real-estate businesses as well as stakes in Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, cruise-line operator Royal Caribbean, and real-estate developer Melisron, which was later sold.

Ofer, who is married and has four children who all work in various parts of the family's businesses, is based in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He also has homes in London and New York. His charitable group, the Eyal & Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation, supports the arts as well as education and cultural causes.

  • 1922 Father Sammy Ofer is born in Romania.
  • 1950 Eyal Ofer is born in Haifa, Israel.
  • 1970 Zodiac Maritime established in London.
  • 1987 Global Holdings Inc. is established.
  • 1995 Joins the board of cruise operator Royal Caribbean.
  • 2005 Construction begins at 15 Central Park West.
  • 2007 Global Holdings Inc. buys Altria's former New York headquarters.
  • 2011 Sammy Ofer dies in Tel Aviv at the age of 89.
  • 2012 Unit at New York's 15 Central Park West sells for $88 million.
  • 2014 Baltic Exchange awards him honorary life membership.
  • 2017 Ofer launches venture capital fund O.G. Tech Ventures.
  • 2018 Acquires a 70 percent stake in New Zealand Oil & Gas.