Shlomo Grofman

Shlomo Grofman is a leading Israeli real estate developer businessperson. As of 2016, he is serving as Kenya's honorary consul to Israel.

Shlomo Grofman
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Shlomo Grofman is a central figure in many sectors of the Israeli business community and is widely acknowledged as one of the most prominent and innovative real estate entrepreneurs.

Shlomo Grofman is the active chairman of Faire Fund (First American Israeli Real Estate Fund), which he established together with former Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval.[1] A private equity fund with a capital of 90 million US dollars, Faire Fund is involved in locating and managing investments such as HaYarkon 96 in real estate development in Israel. Additional, Mr. Grofman is chairman of Shoval Grofman Real Estate Limited.

Shlomo Grofman is currently acting also as chairman of Grofman Holdings Ltd. (a private investment company), Sarel Medical Supplies and Equipment Ltd. (Israel's largest medical supplies company), Sarel Medical Supplies and Equipment Ltd. (Israel's largest medical supplies company) and Ayalon Holdings Ltd (the mother company of Ayalon Insurance a company listed on the Stock Exchange).[2]

In July 2016 Shlomo Grofman was endorsed by the Governments of Kenya Israel to serve as the Honorary Consul of Kenya in Israel.[3]

Shlomo Grofman serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce; Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International March of the Living;[4] and as the Ambassador of the Sheba Medical Center in the United States, and member of the Board of Directors of the Sheba Medical Center New York.[2]

From 1978 to 1996 Shlomo Grofman served as managing director and CEO of Africa Israel Investment Company Ltd.[5] During Mr. Grofman's tenure, Africa Israel has developed into a conglomerate with substantial holdings and interests in real estate development and construction, insurance, industry, energy, hotels and tourism. While Mr. Grofman led Africa Israel, he initiated and supervised highly prosperous investments in residential development, office buildings, shopping malls, industrial parks and hotels. One of the highlights in Africa Israel's diversified real estate activity was the development of new neighborhoods: Savion, Givat Savion, Savioney Aviv, Savioney Gan, Kiryat Hasvionim, Neve Savion and Savioney Yam. These neighborhoods and the brand name Savion have become a synonym for a modern, high standard, fully equipped residential environment. Shlomo Grofman has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Denya Cybus Ltd., wholly owned subsidiary of Africa Israel and one of Israel's leading construction and infrastructure companies.

Shlomo Grofman established and developed two major hotel chains in Israel – Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson. As an appreciation for his outstanding achievements in introducing those chains to the Israeli market he was awarded several prizes. From 1992 to 1996 he served as chairman of the board of Holiday Inn Hotels EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Mediterranean & Africa), and member of the World Board of Directors of Holiday Inn International. From 1996 to 1999 he was a member of the World Board of Directors of Howard Johnson Hotels & Inns.

Shlomo Grofman is closely acquainted with the banking and insurance industries. From 1986 to 1988 he was a member of the executive committee of Bank Leumi LeIsrael Ltd. (Israel's second largest bank) and head of the bank's non-banking and financial services division. From 1986 to 1995 he served as the chairman of the board of Migdal Insurance Group. (Israel's largest insurance group) in which the Italian insurance giant Generali held a controlling stake.

Mr. Grofman was a member of the board of directors of Carmel Investment Group Ltd (public investment company) and of Ayalon Holdings Ltd. (investment, properties, holdings and insurance) and as the Chairman of MYMC Ma’aynei Hayeshua Medical Center.

Shlomo Grofman has been involved in numerous voluntary and nonprofit activities. Among other things, he was governor of Rotary Israel and a special advisor of the World President of Rotary International. He also served as the Chairman of the Friends of the Weitzman Institute. Mr. Grofman is currently chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Interdisciplinary Center for Law, Politics and Business in Herzliya, Chairman of Yuval – the Ensemble for Jewish and Cantorial Music[6] and Member of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce.


  1. ^ "About Us". Faire Fund. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  2. ^ a b "Board Members Holdings". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  3. ^ "New honorary consul plans to boost trade relations with Kenya". Jerusalem Post. 2017-01-29. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  4. ^ "ABOUT THE MARCH". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  5. ^ John Benzaquen (2008-05-15). "'Israel is still a hot market for high-end real estate'". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  6. ^ "Yuval the Israeli Ensemble for Chazanut (Cantorial) and Jewish Music". Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-24. Presently Mr. Shlomo Grofman serves as its chairman.

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