Harry Weinberg’s family immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe in 1911. Harry and his siblings grew up knowing firsthand what it was like to have little money and understood that it took hard work and discipline to escape poverty.
Despite, at most, a sixth-grade formal education, Harry was a gifted entrepreneur from an early age. Just 10 years old, he could be seen on the streets of downtown Baltimore selling souvenirs to parade-goers celebrating the end of World War I. Harry left home in his teens to create his future. In the 1950s and 1960s, he built a diverse, intra-urban transportation empire, owning mass transit bus lines in New York, Scranton, Dallas, and Honolulu. Harry Weinberg accumulated an even larger fortune in securities and real estate. At the time of his death, he was the largest single real estate investor in Hawaii. Through it all, Harry Weinberg never forgot his humble roots in Baltimore. Even as a young adult during the late 1930s, he pledged his then-modest assets to enable many German Jews to reach safe haven in America. In 1959, he created The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to continue his work to help the poor and vulnerable.
The fortune that Harry amassed has grown to more than $2 billion—the assets that make possible today’s Weinberg Foundation grantmaking. Harry Weinberg died in 1990, a year after his beloved wife, Jeanette, passed away. Their legacy lives on in the good work of the private foundation that bears their names.
“While they are finding the cures for all the ills of the world, someone will be hungry, someone will be cold. That’s our job.” – Harry Weinberg