Henry and Esther Swieca

NET WORTH: $1.56 billion

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Talpion Fund Management

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Israel, Religious

OVERVIEW: Henry Swieca and his wife Esther move their philanthropy through the Swieca Family Foundation, which has given away in the neighborhood of $1 million annually in recent years. They support a range of Jewish causes, with an eye towards New York City.

BACKGROUND: Raised in Washington Heights, Henry Swieca graduated from SUNY Stony Brook and received his MBA from Columbia Business School. Swieca cofounded Highbridge Capital in 1992 with Glenn Dubin. Swieca manages his personal fortune through Talpion Fund Management, the firm he opened in 2010 shortly after selling his stake in Highbridge to JPMorgan Chase.

ISSUES:

EDUCATION: Swieca and Esther, via their foundation, support Jewish educational institutions like Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, American Israel Education Foundation, the Frisch School, Chabad of NYU, and the Mercaz Chareidi Foundation, which supports the Mercaz Chareidi Institute of Technology in Israel.

ISRAEL: Apart from Israeli educational institutions, the Swiecas have also supported places like Central Fund of Israel and Ezrat Israel.

RELIGIOUS: The Swieca Family Foundation’s grantmaking has supported places like Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, Avenue R Sephardic Foundation, and Congregation Beth Tefilla.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect New York City to remain an important site of giving for this family in the coming years. For a complete look at this funder, read our Wall Street Profile of Henry Swieca.

CONTACT:  

The Swieca Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

Swieca Family Foundation
950 3rd Ave., 23rd Fl.
New York City, NY 10022