Edgar Miles Bronfman is a Jewish-Canadian businessman and a member of the Bronfman dynasty, and the father of Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
He is the son of Samuel Bronfman the founder of Distillers Corporation Limited who purchased Seagram’s in 1928. After graduating from McGill University with a B.A. degree and honors in history in 1951, he joined the family business. In 1957 he took over as head of Seagram’s American subsidiary. He increased the range of products sold by the company, improved distribution and expanded the number of countries in which Seagram’s products were sold. In 1966 Cemp Investments, which managed the family’s investments, bought 820,000 shares of MGM and in 1969 Bronfman took over the chairmanship of MGM, albeit briefly. Following his father’s death in 1971, Bronfman took over as president, treasurer, and director of Distillers Corporation-Seagram’s Ltd. His son Edgar Jr. succeeded him as chief executive officer of the company in 1994.
Edgar Bronfman is also a philanthropist who has given large amounts of money to Jewish causes, including Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, which he is credited with helping revive together with Hillel President Richard Joel in the 1990’s. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.
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