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The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today that Christopher "Kip" Forbes of the Forbes publishing family and real estate magnate Jeffrey Gural have joined its Board of Directors.
Mr. Forbes is currently Vice Chairman of Forbes Media LLC and serves on several boards. He and his family were honored with the 2008 Ellis Island Family Heritage Award in the field of Business in tribute to his grandfather B. C. Forbes, who immigrated to America in 1904 and founded Forbes Magazine 13 years later. Since 2009 the Forbes Family has annually underwritten the B. C. Forbes Peopling of America Award which recognizes individuals who have immigrated to America and made a major contribution to the American experience. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton, Mr. Forbes was promoted to the rank of Officier of the Legion of Honour by the French government in November 2011.
Mr. Gural is Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which currently manages approximately one hundred fifty buildings in the Metropolitan area, of which Mr. Gural has an ownership interest in forty-one of them. He sits on many corporate and non-profit boards, including The Real Estate Board of New York and the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Mr. Gural is a major owner and breeder of Standardbred racehorses and has recently become the lessee of the Meadowlands Racetrack, the leading Standardbred track in North America. He and his family underwrote an Ellis Island Museum gallery in memory of his great-grandfather, Jacob Rabinowitz, a Russian immigrant and founder of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).
"We are so honored and pleased to have Messrs. Forbes and Gural join our Board of Directors at this important and challenging time in our history," said Stephen A. Briganti, Foundation President and CEO. "As we work with the National Park Service to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we continue construction of the second phase of The Peopling of America® Center, a major expansion of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum which will explore immigration in the post-Ellis Island Era, right up to the present. We welcome their guidance and support as we work toward the completion of this and future projects."
The Foundation's full board list is available here.