Henry and Esther Swieca

NET WORTH: $1.7 billion

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Talpion Fund Management

JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Israel, Religious

OVERVIEW: Henry Swieca and his wife Estee give through their Swieca Family Foundation, which has disbursed in the neighborhood of $1.5 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 and YOUTH DEVELOPMENT: Swieca and Estee, via their foundation, support Jewish educational institutions like the Frisch School, American Friends of Maagalim (a nonprofit for at-risk teenagers in Israel), Nefesh Yehudie, and the Jewish Resource Center at Baruch College.

ISRAEL: In addition to Israeli youth development organizations, the Swiecas have also supported groups like Yad Eliezer, the American Israel Education Foundation, the PEF Israel Endowment Funds, and the Central Fund of Israel.

RELIGIOUS: The Swieca Family Foundation’s grantmaking has supported places like Chabad of Hamilton Heights, Chasdei Moishe, and Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun.

It is also worth noting that in recent years, more than $1 million of Swieca Family Foundation giving has filtered through their Donor Advised Fund at Vanguard Charitable, which makes a very significant portion of the Swieca giving hard to specifically track.

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.

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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