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September 28th, 2009 |
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sidney Kimmel attended Temple University and soon worked for a clothing firm that was jointly owned by his brother, where he rose to become the president of the company. In 1970, he founded and served as the CEO of Jones Apparel Group Inc. from 1975 to 2002. Jones Apparel Group Inc. is a leading American fashion firm that designs, markets, and sells branded garments, shoes, and accessories, which now carries labels including Jones New York, Lauren and Evan-Picone, Nine-West Group, Inc., Victoria Jewelry, and Polo Jeans. Sidney Kimmel is a partner in Cipriani International, which is an internationally distinguished restaurant and catering business, with establishments in New York, Venice, and Buenos Aires. Sidney Kimmel also owns part of the Miami Heat, and he also owns Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which has produced a number of popular films.
Philanthropic Works of Sidney Kimmel
- In 1993, Sidney Kimmel founded the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. The foundation’s Cancer Research division has committed $120 million to institutions serving healthcare, education, arts and culture.
- In 2001, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research donated $150 million to John Hopkins University, which is the largest single gift ever received by the University. The donation was directed toward the development of a residence for cancer patients undergoing extended treatment. It is now named the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- Sidney Kimmel is the major donor to The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. His contributions amount to $35 million.
- Sidney Kimmel’s other donations include $5 million to The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; $20 million to Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia; $25 million for the establishment of a new prostate and urological cancer center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York; and $25 million to The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
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