NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Warner/Chappell Music
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Los Angeles Community
OVERVIEW: Les Bider and his wife Lynn move their philanthropy through the Lynn & Les Bider Foundation. Giving focuses on the Los Angeles community, with strong support for the local Jewish community in particular.
BACKGROUND: Les Bider graduated with a B.S. in accounting from USC and received a masters degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Bider was licensed as a CPA in California in 1975 and founded the accounting practice, Bider & Montgomery. In 1981, Bider joined Warner Bros. Music as CFO. He helped spearhead Warner/Chappell Music through the merger of Warner Bros. Music with the Chappell and Intersong Music Group. Bider also worked with Elevations Partners, a Menlo Park-based private equity firm and is currently CFO of PinnacleCare.
JEWISH CAUSES: The Biders are active in their local Jewish committee. Lynn is a former Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign Chair at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. She is also the past president of Stephen S. Wise Temple and has been on the board of trustees for some 20 years. Les has been involved with Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and Hebrew Union College. The couple, via their foundation, have supported Temple Beth AM, Hebrew Union College, Stephen S. Wise Temple, and Jewish Vocational Services.
LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY: The Biders have supported the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Bider is a life trustee), Skirball Cultural Center, and Hide and Seek Foundation, which deals with a group of inherited metabolic disorders called lysosomal diseases. They've supported Beauty Bus Foundation, which "delivers dignity, hope and respite to chronically or terminally ill patients and their caregivers through beauty services and pampering products."
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Biders to stick with these interests, with continued focus on the Los Angeles area.
Lynn & Les Bider Family Foundation
23622 Calabasas Rd., Ste. 107
Calabasas, CA 91302