Entrepreneurial visionary, Honorary Doctor of Tel Aviv University and engaged member of the Board of Governors
His legacy of devotion to higher education, commitment to Israel, and dedication to rewarding excellence through the Dan David Prize has inspired new generations of scholars and scientists to enrich our world.
David was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1929. A natural-born entrepreneur, he transformed a $200,000 loan into a global, multi-million dollar empire, eventually becoming president of three multinational corporations: Fomat Ltd., Dedem Automatica Srl, and Photo-Me International Plc.
This financial success enabled him to become a passionate philanthropist who was engaged in a myriad of projects in fields including archaeology, film, medicine, various scholarships, and a non-profit business incubator. His honors included Commander of the Italian Republic in the Order of Merit, Commander of the French Republic in the Order of Arts and Letters, and the Lochamei Hamedina Medal from the Israeli Government. He was also an Elected Member of the World Academy of Art and Science.
David had a special relationship with Tel Aviv University that spanned decades. An Honorary Doctor and Governor, David, together with his wife, Gabriela, supported scientific research, scholarships and theater studies at TAU, as well as major projects such as the Dan David Building and most notably the establishment of the Dan David Prize with a $100 million endowment. The Prize is today one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the world. David’s legacy will live on in perpetuity through his unparalleled dedication to higher education and to the nurturing of new generations of scholars and scientists who will enrich our world.