Randall and Barbara Smith

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Alden Global Capital

FUNDING AREAS: Health, Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Jewish Causes, Florida community

OVERVIEW:  Randall Smith, his wife Barbara, and family move their philanthropy through the Randall & Barbara Smith Foundation. Interests include health, the arts, and education.

 BACKGROUND: Randall D. Smith graduated from Cornell University in 1965 and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He was a partner at Bear Stearns and established and ran RD Smith & Co., which was both a principal investor in distressed and a broker-dealer for distressed securities. Smith is now chief of investments at Alden Global Capital.


HEALTH: Barbara sits on the leadership council of New York Stem Cell Foundation, which the couple supports. Other grantees include Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees include The Society of the Four Arts, The Met, and Central Park Conservancy.

EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Smiths, via their foundation, have supported USC Thornton School of Music, Center for Creative Education, and Duke University.

JEWISH CAUSES: Grantees include Jewish Life at Duke and American Friends of Shalva, which supports Shalva Children’s Center.  

FLORIDA COMMUNITY: The couple live in South Florida, where they’ve funded Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

LOOKING FORWARD: The couple haven’t said much publicly about their philanthropy, as far as we can tell, but expect them to stick with their established interests. 


The Randall & Barbara Smith Foundation
885 3rd Ave., 19th Fl.
New York City, NY 10022
Telephone: (646) 779-4400