Mort Zuckerman is a Canadian-born publishing and real estate magnate who has made New York City his home—and his sphere of influence. He saved the New York Daily News, breathed new life into the city’s newspaper wars, unabashedly defended Israel and generously supported New York institutions. He did all this in addition to earning a multibillion-dollar fortune in real state. His Boston Properties is one of the largest REITs in the country, with holdings that include the GM Building.
Mr. Zuckerman bought the New York Daily News in 1993, transforming it from a bankrupt, gutted, strike-ravaged wreck into the No. 1 circulation newspaper in the New York metro area. Constantly in competition with its fellow tabloid The New York Post, Mr. Zuckerman’s Daily News has consistently provided New Yorkers with top-notch reporting and tabloid tastiness.
From his perch at the center of New York power, Mr. Zuckerman has been able to present his ardent—and constantly evolving—political views to a wide audience (he has owned magazines at various times as well, including The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report and Fast Company, which he sold for an eye-popping $365 million). He has been particularly vocal in his support for Israel and regarding U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Mr. Zuckerman is also one of New York’s leading philanthropists. He is a trustee of New York University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, to which he donated $100 million for a research facility. In December 2012, he donated $200 million to Columbia University for the endowment of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute.