Shari Arison is an American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist. Born in the United States in 1957, she is the daughter of Mina Arison Sapir and American-Israeli businessman Ted Arison, founder of Carnival Cruise Lines.
Shari Arison has a beneficial interest in Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company, serving twice on its board of directors.
She leads the Arison Group, a global business and philanthropic group. The group’s business arm, Arison Investments, is made up of the pillars of the Israeli economy, including Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, Shikun & Binui, a global real estate and infrastructure company, and Salt of the Earth, the leading salt manufacturer in Israel. She is also the founder of Miya, Arison Investment’s global water company, spearheading water-use efficiency in urban water distribution systems worldwide.
The group’s philanthropic arm includes The Ted Arison Family Foundation, is committed to addressing the needs of the community in Israel through social investments and strategic philanthropy. The foundation houses several vision ventures initiated by Arison: Essence of Life – heightening awareness and providing tools for attaining inner peace, All One – generating a global conversation of a new reality that enunciates the message “We are all connected, we are one”, Matan – an affiliate of United Way International, and Goodnet – an online platform for Doing Good. The foundation adopted Ruach Tova (Good Spirit) that encourages volunteerism in Israel. In this framework, Shari Arison initiated International Good Deeds Day, annually giving people in Israel and around the world the opportunity to simply do a good deed for the benefit of others.
From the early 1990s until 2009, Shari Arison served as the chairman of the Arison Group, Arison Investments, The Ted Arison Family Foundation, and established and chaired Essence of Life, and All One.
Shari Arison developed a unique values-based model, to bring fundamental human values to the core consciousness of businesses, organizations, and communities. It is the first values-driven leadership model of its kind, practically combining 13 human values in any activity, benefiting all aspects, society, economy and ecology. Solidified by the Arison Group in partnership with a team from leading American universities Harvard, Thunderbird, George Mason, and Babson College, its implementation has already begun at the Arison Group companies and organizations. In 2013, Arison was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from George Mason University.
In 2015, Arison published the bestseller The Doing Good Model: Activate Your Goodness in Business. In 2013, Arison published her book Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good, an instant NY Times bestseller, and a bestseller in Israel. In 2009, Arison’s first book, Birth – When the Spiritual and the Material Come Together, became a bestseller in Israel. Both books have been translated into many languages, and published worldwide.
The Jerusalem Post repeatedly ranked Arison as one of Top 50 Most Influential Jews (2013, 2014, and 2015), and Forbes Israel repeatedly ranked Arison as one of the Most Powerful Women in Israel (2013, and 2014), and listed her on the country's Five Leading Executives (2013). In August 2012, Arison was ranked No. 64 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women, the only Israeli on this list. It is the second year in a row she is ranked in this prestigious listing (in August 2011, she was No. 57), and in April 2010, Arison was No. 2 on Forbes World’s Greenest Billionaires in recognition of “her contributions to the environment, both in Israel and throughout the world, which she puts into practice in her business dealings.” In 2008, she was listed on Forbes World’s Most Influential Women, and is repeatedly ranked by Forbes World as one of the world’s wealthiest women.
Shari Arison was chosen as Woman of the Year by Globes, one of Israel’s leading financial newspapers, in both 2007 and 2009.
In 2010, she received the America-Israel Friendship League’s Partners for Democracy Award in recognition of her contribution to advancing economic relations between the United States and Israel.
In 2005, she was named Honorary Fellow of the Decade at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, where she served as a board member (2007-2015).
In 2016, Arison also received the Knesset's (Israeli's parliament), annual Medal of Light (Itur Ha`or) for the Ted Arison Family Foundations', contribution and devotion to holocaust survivors, and for Arisons' activity within the Israeli society and for the state of Israel.
Shari Arison is the mother of four and resides in Israel.