Businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison is the owner of the Arison Group, operating in 38 countries across 5 continents to realize the vision of Doing Good. Arison Investments, its business arm, includes Bank Hapoalim, Shikun & Binui, Salt of the Earth, and Miya, and The Ted Arison Family Foundation, its philanthropic arm, includes the organizations Essence of Life, RuachTova (Good Spirit), Goodnet, and All One. Arison initiated Good Deeds Day, where people from all over the world come out to do a good deed for the benefit of others. In addition Arison founded Matan, based on United Way.
She is repeatedly ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world (2011, 2012), and as one of the world’s greenest billionaires (2010) for “her contributions to the environment, both in Israel and throughout the world, which she puts into practice in her business dealings”.
In 2010, Arison received the America-Israel Friendship League’s Partners for Democracy Award, in recognition of her contribution to advancing economic relations between the United States and Israel. She is a mother of four, an American-Israeli residing in Israel.