Tamir Sapir

About Tamir Sapir

Birth Year: 1946
Birth Place: United States
Died On: September 26, 2014 (aged 67)
Residence: Kings Point, New York, U.S.
Citizenship: United States
Occupation: Businessman, investor
Spouse(s): Bella Sapir (divorced) Elena Ponomareva
Children: with Bella: --Alex Sapir --Zina Sapir Rosen --Ruth Sapir with Elena: --Zita Sapir --Eli Sapir

Tamir Sapir Net Worth

Tamir Sapir was bornon 1946 in United States. Manhattan real estate mogul pleaded guilty, through a holding company, to illegally importing rare animal parts into the U.S.; a slew of animals and parts--including zebra-skin rugs, bar stools made from python skins and a stuffed lion--were discovered on his 150-foot yacht Mystere at Port Everglades 2007. Paid $150,000 in fines for violating the Endangered Species Act. Claims he believed he was exempt from the act because it has a provision for specimens held in private homes; he lives on the yacht nearly full-time. Russian immigrant borrowed against his NYC taxi medallion to open electronics store selling to Soviet diplomats and officials. Invested in Russian oil, then Manhattan real estate during 1990s recession. Today owns own over 6 million square feet of commercial real estate in NYC. Moscow Oil Refinery (MOR) continues to withhold the $28 million judgment (accrued to over $40 million) from Sapir-owned Joy-Lud Distributors; awaiting a verdict on a new case in the Russian courts. Owns penthouse overlooking Acapulco Bay in Mexico.
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💰 Net worth: $1.4 Billion

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Biography/Timeline

1970

Temur Sepiashvili was born to a Jewish family in Tbilisi. His Father was a major in the Soviet Army. In the early 1970s he studied journalism at Tbilisi State University but left to earn money to support his family because of his father's death.

1973

He took a job processing emigration applications for Soviet Jews and in 1973, he immigrated to Israel with his wife around the time of the Yom Kippur War. He changed his last name to Sapir while in Israel and moved to the United States first to Louisville, Kentucky where he learned English and worked as a bus driver, janitor and a loader; and then to New York City where he worked as a taxicab driver. He then opened an electronics store with fellow immigrant Sam Kislin catering primarily to Russian clientele.

1990

Sapir made contacts with the Soviet contingent to the United Nations in New York, and started trading electronics, clothing, and footwear for Soviet oil and oil products which he then sold to American companies. Investing the profits in Manhattan real estate in the 1990s, which was then in a slump, he became a Billionaire by 2002. Sapir has been referred to as America's "billionaire cabbie".

2005

Sapir brought a lawsuit in Russia against a Moscow oil refinery after it violated the terms of a contract by failing to transfer oil products for delivered equipment. Sapir won the case in 2005, but received none of the $28 million the Moscow company was ordered to pay.

2014

Sapir was married twice. His first marriage to Bella Sapir ended in divorce. He has five children: Alex Sapir (born 1980), Zina Sapir Rosen (born 1985), Ruth, Zita, Eli. His second wife was Elena Ponomareva. He was a member of the Park East Synagogue in Manhattan. He built the Congregation of Georgian Jews synagogue in Rego Park, Queens. He died on September 26, 2014, aged 67.