32 Facts About Haim Saban


Haim Saban is an Israeli-American media proprietor, investor, musical composer and producer of records, film, and television.


Haim Saban headed up consortiums which purchased the broadcasters ProSiebenSat.


Haim Saban is a major donor to the United States Democratic Party and active in pro-Israel political efforts in the United States.


In March 2017, Haim Saban was honored with the 2,605th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievements in television.


Haim Saban was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to an Egyptian-Jewish family.


In 1956, the Haim Saban family immigrated to Israel, along with most of the Egyptian Jewish community.


Haim Saban is married to Cheryl Lynn Haim Saban, with whom he has two children.


Haim Saban has two stepchildren, Tifanie and Heidi Lenhart, an actress.


Haim Saban started his music career in 1966 as a bass player and manager with the rock band The Lions of Judah, which was named after the Lion of Judah in Jewish Scripture.


The band returned to Israel and Haim Saban focused on being a music promoter.


In 1998, The Hollywood Reporter reported that he did not actually compose all the music he is credited for; ten composers threatened to sue and Haim Saban settled out of court.


Haim Saban then became a television producer, founding Saban Entertainment in 1988.


On July 23,2001, Haim Saban announced that he and News Corporation would sell Fox Family Worldwide Inc for $5.3 billion to The Walt Disney Company.


In 2019, Haim Saban announced that he had formed the Haim Saban Music Group backed by $500 million of his own capital.


Haim Saban will focus on global artists, particular Latin American, tapping new artists and acquiring existing businesses.


Haim Saban became involved in politics in the mid-1990s when he felt that support for Israel was slipping in the United States.


Haim Saban says his views have shifted over the years:.


Haim Saban told me there would be no deal because [Yassir] Arafat would not sign.


Haim Saban has been a consistent donor to the United States Democratic Party according to his mandatory Federal Election Commission filings.


In March 2008, Haim Saban was among a group of major Jewish donors to sign a letter to Democratic Party house leader Nancy Pelosi advising her not to run in the Democratic presidential primaries.


In May 2008, it was reported that Haim Saban had offered $1 million to the Young Democrats of America and urged the endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president.


Haim Saban supported Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in the 2016 US presidential election.


Meanwhile, Haim Saban has called Republican candidate Donald Trump "a danger to America".


In 2006, Haim Saban discussed his views on the Middle East and Persian Gulf region in an interview with Haaretz.


Haim Saban's motivation is clear: the return of the Mahdi is a supreme goal.


In 2005, Haim Saban spent $100,000 to oppose California's 2005 Proposition 77 redistricting reform.


Haim Saban contributed $100,000 to pass California's 2008 redistricting reform, Proposition 11, which created a Citizens Redistricting Commission to redraw California's state political boundaries, but not US Congressional districts.


Haim Saban joined list of other well-connected, big-money donors to the Democratic Party in supporting Proposition 27.


In 2020, Haim Saban collaborated with UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, on a June 12 op-ed addressed to the Israeli public in an effort to halt Israel's planned annexation of parts of the West Bank and create a unified front between the UAE and Israel against the opposing forces of Iran.


Al Otaiba credited Haim Saban with advising him where his op-ed should be placed, when it should be placed and that it needed to be translated in Hebrew.


The Haim Saban Center aims to provide policy makers in government with information and analysis regarding America's foreign policy in the Middle East.


In 2007, Haim Saban donated $14 million to complete the children's hospital at Soroka Medical Center.