Robert and Karen Sobel

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Brahman Capital Corp.

FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Jewish causes, Health

OVERVIEW: Robert Sobel and his wife Karen conduct their philanthropy through the Robert and Karen Sobel Charitable Foundation, which gave away a little under $200,000 in a recent fiscal year. The Sobels support their alma maters and other education outfits. Jewish causes and health are interests. The New York City area is an important site of giving. 

BACKGROUND: Robert J. Sobel received a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of Business in 1985. He is a founding partner, principal, and portfolio Manager at Brahman Capital Corp., based in New York City and established in 1989. 


EDUCATION & YOUTH: The Sobels have supported Robert's alma mater, University of Pennsylvania, and Karen's school, Tulane University. Other grantees include Columbia University, Rye Country Day School, Sunrise Day Camp, and Say Yes to Education.

JEWISH CAUSES: The Sobels support Jewish organizations Jewish Community Center of HarrisonUJA Federation of New YorkYoung Israel of Harrison, and J Teen Leadership, "a community service, leadership development organization for Jewish high school students from all backgrounds and affiliations who want to make a difference in the world today."

HEALTH: Grantees include Breast Cancer Research FoundationCrohn's & Colitis FoundationOrphan Disease Pathway Project, and Foundation of Hudson Valley Hospital Center.

LOOKING FORWARD: Though annual grantmaking has waned lately, expect the Sobels to continue in their select interest areas, with an eye towards the New York City area, particularly Westchester County. 


Robert and Karen Sobel Charitable Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact, but below is an address:

The Robert and Karen Sobel Charitable Foundation
20 Westerleigh Rd.
Purchase, NY 10577