Dave Carvajal: What motivates you? What has been your driving force? Your noble cause?
Itzhak Fisher: Well, first of all, you have to remember where my wife and I came from. So, my wife and I are 2nd generation Holocaust survivors. My wife’s parents had it much worse than my parents, they were survivors of death camps, Auschwitz. My parents are survivors of the war; my father in Hungary, my mother in Lithuania. From both sides, what they went through their lives is just unbearable and unbelievable.
Itzhak Fisher: For them the most important thing was kids to succeed and live good life and continue the tradition of what their families had. We both lost most of our families on both sides so we didn’t have a lot of relatives to begin with.
Itzhak Fisher: So, for me my kids and the next generation, showing that our family survived in spite of everything they went through is something that is very very important and this is something that is very very important to me and hopefully my kids will continue with that tradition, give it to their kids and so on. That is the first thing that comes to mind about next generation and things that are important to me.
Dave Carvajal: What motivates you? What drives you? What are the things in your life that really are your driving force, your noble cause maybe your noble purpose?
Itzhak Fisher: So, education is very important to me and helping kids get their first jobs. So, for a kid that just graduates from college I feel it’s impossible for them to get a job. Unless you are the top 10% of a top school you get a job immediately, if you are not, and most kids are not, it’s very very hard for kids to get a job.
Itzhak Fisher: My wife is making fun of me right and left, but I have helped a lot of kids getting their first job. I will never forget the guy that helped me get my first job. Back of my mind that is something that is important. I also pay for some kids for their educations which is you know, people who can’t afford it. Why not? It is a very important cause. I am also friends with the heads of the Ariel University in Israel, in the US. It is a University that sits before what they call occupied territories.
Itzhak Fisher: But it has 15,000 students, 1500 Palestinians. I believe that you have to do your own efforts for co-existence in Israel and this school is a good example for that and we raised over 15 million dollars for them for this year which is up from 300,000 3 years ago so there is a lot of things I do that are not business related but for me they are very very important.