SIR RONALD COHEN IN BRIEF
Ronald Cohen was born in Cairo in 1945. His family fled Egypt for Britain after the 1956 Suez crisis. His third wife, the film producer Sharon Harel-Cohen, is Israeli, and they have two children, Tamara and Jonathan. The 2005 Sunday Times Rich List put his fortune at £70 million. He was a founding partner and former chairman of Apax Partners, one of the world’s leading pri- vate-equity investment groups. A Liberal Party candidate in the 1970s, Sir Ronald switched his support to Labour in the 1990s and became a major backer of the party and a close supporter of Gordon Brown. Knighted in 2001, Sir Ronald is the chairman of the Social Investment Task Force and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets. He is a trustee of the British Museum and vice chairman of Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Sir Ronald is also the founder and chairman of the Portland Trust, a private not-for-profit British foundation promoting peace and stability between Palestinians and Israelis through economic development. He is a graduate and honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, and a Harvard Business School MBA.