Henry and Esther Swieca

NET WORTH: $1.73 billion

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Talpion Fund Management

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Education

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. Jewish and educational organizations are a top priority. New York City serves as a primary region of giving.

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 childhood friend Glenn Dubin. Swieca manages his personal fortune through Talpion Fund Management, the firm he opened in 2010 shortly after selling his stake inHighbridge to JPMorgan Chase.

    ISSUES:

    JEWISH CAUSES: Swieca was born to Polish holocaust survivors who immigrated to New York in 1955. These forces have an impact on the family's philanthropy, which has a strong focus on Jewish organizations. The Swiecas via their foundation have helped fund places like American Israel Education Foundation, Central Fund of Israel, Ezrat Israel, Jewish Resource Center, Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, and the Mercaz Chareidi Foundation, which supports the Mercaz Chareidi Institute of Technology in Israel. 

    EDUCATION: Grantees have included Chabad of NYU, Chabad of Stony Brook, and the Frisch School, a coed Jewish high school in New Jersey. 

    LOOKING FORWARD: Expect New York City to remain an important site of giving for this family in the coming years. What's less clear is if more money will move out of the door.

    CONTACT:  

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