Edgar Bronfman, the billionaire former beverage magnate and leading Jewish philanthropist, died Saturday. He was 84.
As the longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, Bronfman fought for Jewish rights worldwide and led the successful fight to secure more than a billion dollars in restitution from Swiss banks for Holocaust victims and their heirs.
As a philanthropist, Bronfman took the lead in creating and funding many efforts to strengthen Jewish identity among young people.
According to a statement, he died peacefully in his home in New York, surrounded by family.
Bronfman spent the 1950s and 1960s working with his father, Samuel, at Seagram Ltd., the family’s beverage business. He became chairman of the company in 1971, the year of his father’s death.