NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Gap, Manzanita Capital
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education, San Francisco Community
OVERVIEW: William and Sakurako Fisher move their philanthropy through the Sakana Foundation, which gave away around $2.7 million in a recent year. The couple are particularly supportive of arts and cultural institutions in the Bay Area and beyond. Sakurako serves on a number of key boards including as president of the San Francisco Symphony.
BACKGROUND: William S. Fisher graduated from Princeton University in 1979 and received his MBA from Stanford in 1984. Fisher is a son of Don and Doris Fisher who founded the Gap retail clothing giant. Fisher currently serves as a director at Gap and managing partner of Manzanita Capital, a London-based private equity firm.
ARTS & CULTURE: The Fisher family has deep ties to the San Francisco Symphony (SFS); Doris Fisher has served on the board since 1980. Sakurako joined the SFS board in 1992 and is currently board of governors president. Through the Sakana Foundation, the couple has supported SFS, as well as other institutions like American Conservatory Theatre, Centre Pompidou Foundation, Exploratorium, League of American Orchestras, Creative Capital, Asian Art Museum, and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (where Sakurako is a board member).
EDUCATION: Fisher and Sakurako both graduated from Stanford, where they endowed the Sakurako and William Fisher Family Directorship of the Stanford Global Studies Division. They’ve supported the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at FSI, underwriting the honors thesis program. Other grantees have included California Academy of the Sciences and UC Berkeley.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Fishers to remain heavily focused on the Bay Area. The couple has ties to other regions too, including Paris, London, and Tokyo. As Sakurako puts it, “The Bay Area is seductive, but although many people think of it as American utopia, we’re not representative of this country as a whole. It’s really important to have a pulse on what’s going on in other places.”
The Sakana Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
1 Maritime Plz., Ste. 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111