Seagram chairman, WJC head Edgar Bronfman dead at 84

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Edgar Bronfman, the chairman of the Seagram Company and long-serving president of the World Jewish Congress, died at his New York home on Saturday aged 84. Montreal-born Bronfman took control of the Seagram empire from his father, Samuel Bronfman who had founded the liquor company in 1924. He then expanded its operations, acquiring Tropicana and moving Seagram into the chemicals business by making it DuPont’s largest minority shareholder. The son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, he was also president of the World Jewish Congress from 1981 until 2007.

    

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