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Richard Hurowitz

📍New York City, NY, USA

- The Righteous Among the Nations: stories, lessons, and their inspiring examples for today

- Community Rescue: The special places that rescued their Jews and what we can learn to prevent polarization, hatred, and genocide

- Learning from Heroism: how we can use the lessons of the Righteous to prevent genocide and war crimes and build a kinder society

History, Righthous People, Small Communities, Holocaust, Author


Richard Hurowitz is a writer, investor, and the publisher of The Octavian Report, the magazine. He is the author of the best-selling In the Garden of the Righteous: The Heroes Who Risked Their Lives to Save Jews During the Holocaust, which was published by HarperCollins, and is an expert on Holocaust rescue, altruism and genocide and war crimes prevention. Richard’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, Time, the Daily Beast, the Boston Globe, USA Today, CNBC, the Weekly Standard, History Today and the Jerusalem Post.

He is also the chief executive officer of Octavian and Company LLC, an investment firm and a strategic advisor to Rothschild & Co., the global bank. He is also a strategic advisor to the Electrum Group, the precious metals holding company, and Hyperion, a European investment firm. Richard serves on the governing board of the Yale University Art Gallery and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a co-founder and president of the Renew Democracy Initiative, an organization dedicated to defending liberal democracy.

Previously, Richard was the founder and chief investment officer of Octavian Advisors, an international special situations and distressed investment fund which managed approximately $1.4 billion and which was sold to TPG, the private equity firm. The fund was named one of the top large global funds by Bloomberg and successfully invested in over fifty countries on five continents. Prior to founding Octavian, Richard was a partner at Halcyon Asset Management. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of EI Towers SpA, the Italian broadcast towers company, Head NV, the Austrian sporting goods business, and of Octavian Maritime, a cargo shipping concern, where he was chairman. He also served as a senior advisor to TPG Sixth Street Partners.

Richard received his BA in history from Yale University, graduating in three years, magna cum laude and with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta. He earned a JD from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the editor-in-chief of the Columbia/VLA Journal of Law & the Arts.

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