Rebecka Belldegrun | Srivideo
Born Name: Rebecka Zabludowicz
Date of Birth: 1950
Place of Birth: Helsinki, Finland
Alma mater: Sackler School of Medicine
Occupation: President and CEO of BellCo Capital
Net worth: Steady US$1 billion (2019)
Spouse(s): Arie Belldegrun
Parent(s): Pola and Shlomo Zabludowicz
Relatives: Poju Zabludowicz (brother), Anita Zabludowicz (sister-in-law)
Niece: Tiffany Zabludowicz
Rebecka Belldegrun (born 1950), is a Finnish-born American ophthalmologist, businesswoman, investor and philanthropist.
Early life and education
Belldegrun was born in Helsinki to Pola and Shlomo Zabludowicz. Her younger brother is Poju Zabludowicz. She received her medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and later completed her Ophthalmic Surgery residency in Israel, and her fellowship in corneal surgery at Harvard Medical School.
In 1986, Belldegrun founded Intertech Corporation, a New York real estate company specializing in real estate development, investments, and acquisitions. She expanded Intertech's businesses and holdings to include interests in high-tech, biotechnology, hotel management and industrial manufacturing in the United States, England, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Israel. She served as the president of the company until 2003.
Belldegrun is the CEO and president of BellCo Capital, a Los Angeles venture capital firm which she founded in 2003. BellCo Capital focuses on finding seed investments and experienced management to early-stage and start-up companies, as well as on leveraged acquisitions of, and growth equity investments in leading middle-market enterprises. The company's business transactions include international private equity investments in retail, high-tech, biotechnology and real estate. One of BellCo's investments is in BabyFirstTV.
Belldegrun serves as a member of a number of boards, including:
- BabyFirstTV – director
- Brentwood School – chairman emeritus of the board of trustees
- California Institute of Technology – trustee
- LACMA – trustee
- Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response at the University of Pennsylvania – member of the external advisory board
- LSM at the University of Pennsylvania – member of the advisory board
- Kronos Bio – director
In the past, Belldegrun served as a member of the following boards:
- Columbia University – member of the board of visitors
- Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya – member of the board of trustees
- RAND Corporation – member of the board of advisors
- USC Center on Public Diplomacy – member of the advisory board
Belldegrun is married to Arie Belldegrun and together they have four children. They reside in Bel Air, an affluent neighborhood in Los Angeles.
In 2019, in its annual ranking of the wealthiest people in Israel, Forbes Israel ranked Arie and Rebecka Belldegrun 42nd with a personal net worth of ₪4 billion (equivalent to US$1 billion). They have donated over $1 million to the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences, and have donated a $5 million sculpture to LACMA.
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