Eyal Ofer – Chairman
Eyal Ofer is Chairman of Ofer Global, leading the group’s private portfolio of international multi-generational businesses active in maritime shipping, real estate and hotels, technology, banking, energy, and large public investments, with over 30,000 employees in 15 locations across the globe. He also sits on the board of Royal Caribbean Group and the advisory board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum.
Eyal established the group’s shipping division, Zodiac Group , in the 1970s alongside his father, the late Sammy Ofer KBE, and built it into one of the world’s largest privately held shipping fleets, operating today a diversified fleet in excess of 180 vessels worldwide, before leading the group’s diversification into real estate and its other sectors.
Eyal leads Global Holdings Group, a property holding conglomerate with over 10 million square feet of real estate, specialising in large-scale office buildings, hotels and luxury residential developments. Properties include the iconic 15 Central Park West in New York and landmark commercial buildings such as 120 Park Avenue and Sea Containers in London.
Eyal also leads the group’s O.G. Energy division, which has interests including renewable energy projects focused on wind, solar and forestry, and is a global leader in the provision of FSO and FPSO units through Omni Offshore Terminals.
In 2017 Eyal Ofer launched O.G. Venture Partners, a single LP Venture Capital fund focused on investing in early-growth-stage technology startups, demonstrating his long-standing support for tech entrepreneurs.
Eyal Ofer has served on the board of Royal Caribbean Group since 1995. In 2014, he was given the honour of a lifetime membership of the Baltic Exchange in London in recognition of his contribution to the maritime industry. In 2018, he was appointed to the global advisory board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum.
In conjunction with his business interests, Eyal Ofer is a highly committed philanthropist, building on his family’s legacy of charitable giving and support.
Today, through the Eyal & Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation, he supports a range of charitable causes and institutions focusing primarily on the arts and education. These include a number of scholarships through the group’s various business divisions. He is personally passionate about art and a major collector of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary works.
In 2021, Eyal and family were once again named to the Lloyd’s List Top 100.