Maurice Tempelsman
American businessman
Maurice Tempelsman
Maurice Tempelsman is a Belgian-American businessman and diamond merchant. He moved to the United States as a child and attended New York City’s public schools and New York University. Tempelsman is multilingual and has interests in the fields of history, archaeology, sailing, and visual arts.
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Liz Smith: Celebrating My First Friend in New York Theater: Shirley Herz
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"I'm as pure as the driven slush!" said Tallulah. Finally, an evening where we didn't even need Tallulah. I thought I was the world class expert on fundraising evenings, but last week I received a big surprise when I trekked west, almost to the Hudson River, where something called Espace, was the scene of the 20th anniversary of the Abingdon Theater Company. What a great night! One can't always say that about charities raising money to keep going. People truly want to help and cooperate but most of these sizzlers fizzle out and are so boring! Not the Abingdon one. The celebration of this unique off-B'way producer of first rate first theatre had been called off at the last minute by Storm Sandy. So what were the chances that everybody would still show up for a re-figured date? Well, the funny thing is -- they did. So we had a great dinner and great evening and I got to celebrate the very first friend I ever made in the New York theater -- my To ...
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Das geheime Leben der Jackie O. - Kleine Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
Ihr Privatleben schirmte sie weitgehend von der Öffentlichkeit ab, trat aber mit ihrem Begleiter Maurice Tempelsman oder allein zu unterschiedlichen Gelegenheiten in New York auf. Für Einheimische wie für Touristen war es, wenn Jacqueline in einem
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Recuerdan a Jacqueline Kennedy con serie de televisión - Uniradio Informa
Google News - over 5 years
La ex primera dama pasó los últimos años de su vida junto a Maurice Tempelsman, un industrial belga, comerciante de diamantes y en 1994 se le diagnosticó un linfoma, un tipo de cáncer, que le causó la muerte. Su deceso ocurrió en su apartamento de la
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Jackie, inolvidable - El Argentino
Google News - over 5 years
Los últimos años, Jackie se dedicó a trabajar como editora de libros, y los pasó acompañada por el empresario belga Maurice Tempelsman. En 1994 se enfermó de cáncer y murió a los 64 años. Entre amores tormentosos, una vida social extremadamente pública
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Marella Ferrera: un successo internazionale targato Made in Sicily - SiciliaToday
Google News - over 5 years
... due “pezzi archeologici” tornati in Sicilia dal Paul Getty Museum di Malibù dopo che clandestinamente erano finiti sul mercato antiquario straniero, comprati da vari collezionisti privati l'ultimo dei quali il belgaamericano Maurice Tempelsman,
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לזר קפלן השיקה קטלוג רשת ואפליקציית אנדרואיד - מכון היהלומים הישראלי
Google News - almost 6 years
... שמכוונות לקמעונאי הקרוב ביותר שמוכר יהלומי לזר. האפליקציה גם מציגה כיצד יהלומים בגדלים שונים ייראו על אצבע של אישה. "הלקוח החדש הוא דיגיטלי, ואנחנו מודעים לכך שעל מנת להגיע אליהם עלינו לחבק את השינוי", אמר יו"ר LKI מוריס טמפלסמן (Maurice Tempelsman)
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LKI Launches Online Catalog, Android App - IDEX Online
Google News - almost 6 years
“The new consumer is digital, and we recognize that in order to reach them, we will need to embrace change,” said LKI Chairman Maurice Tempelsman. “By understanding how diamonds are color-graded and how certain cuts affect its brilliance,
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LKI SUFFERS SETBACKS IN COURT CASE AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANIES - Tacy
Google News - almost 6 years
Maurice Tempelsman's LKI and fellow plaintiffs Pinnacle Ltd., Serenity 2 Ltd. and Lazare Kaplan Belgium NV filed a lawsuit in May 2010 against the insurance companies for their alleged refusal to reimburse them on diamond parcels that were delivered to
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Evocarán a Jackie Kennedy con subasta de sus primeras cartas de amor - El Porvenir
Google News - almost 6 years
Así como familiares y amigos, y Maurice Tempelsman, compañero sentimental de Jacqueline desde comienzos de los 80. Entre recuerdos y documentos varios, legajos y testamento, apareció un gran sobre de color crema, atado con una cinta negra de seda en la
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Guerre du carat entre Daleyot et Tempelsman - Intelligence Online (Abonnement)
Google News - almost 6 years
Longtemps confiné aux salles d'audience du tribunal de commerce d'Anvers et de la Southern District Court of New York, le violent conflit financier qui oppose le Belgo-Américain Maurice Tempelsman et l'Israélien Erez Daleyot, deux des principaux
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A Trove of Ancient Silver Said to Be Stolen Returns to Its Home in Sicily
NYTimes - about 6 years
AIDONE, Italy -- They came in throngs. On Friday afternoon hundreds of residents from this tiny hilltop town in eastern Sicily excitedly trekked up the steep slope to the town's archaeology museum to celebrate the return to Aidone of a treasure trove that was buried nearby some 2,200 years ago and illegally whisked away in more recent times. This
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L. R. Devlin, 86; Balked on a C.I.A. Plot
NYTimes - about 8 years
Lawrence R. Devlin, who as the Central Intelligence Agency's station chief in Congo in 1960 avoided carrying out an order to assassinate the ousted prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, died Dec. 6 at his home in Locust Grove, Va. He was 86. The cause was emphysema, said his daughter, Maureen Devlin Reimuller. Recruited to the C.I.A. while studying at
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; Tempelsman Sculptures Return To Italy
NYTimes - about 9 years
After a long battle two rare sixth-century B.C. marble sculptures that once belonged to the New York businessman Maurice Tempelsman go on view Tuesday at Italy's presidential palace. For nearly 30 years rumors circulated that tomb robbers had dug up the statues on a hillside in the ancient Greek settlement of Morgantina in Sicily. After amassing
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Memories of a C.I.A. Officer Resonate in a New Era
NYTimes - about 9 years
Larry Devlin is 85 now, suffering from emphysema and tethered to an oxygen tank, his Central Intelligence Agency career long behind him. But he recalls with sunlit clarity the day in Congo nearly half a century ago when he was handed a packet of poisons, including toxic toothpaste, and ordered to carry out a political assassination. ''I was totally
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Two Marble Sculptures to Return to Sicily
NYTimes - over 9 years
A modest archaeological museum in Aidone, Sicily, is heralding the return of two sixth-century B.C. marble sculptures that have haunting smiles and a somewhat mysterious past. The artifacts are believed to have been looted from Morgantina, an ancient Greek settlement whose ruins lie next to Aidone. The acroliths -- statues usually made with wooden
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Antiquities Trial Fixes on Collectors' Role
NYTimes - over 9 years
It was a ''sophisticated method of laundering,'' a prosecution witness testified on Friday in a trial courtroom here. Private collectors would acquire looted artifacts and eventually donate them to museums, she said. The witness, Daniela Rizzo, an Italian archaeologist, specifically cited the owners of four American antiquities collections. None
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Arts, Briefly
NYTimes - over 9 years
Dutch TV Hoax Revealed The ''Big Donor Show,'' a controversial Dutch reality series on which a terminally ill woman, identified only as Lisa, 37, was to hear interviews with three candidates, their families and friends before deciding who would receive one of her kidneys, turns out to have been a hoax. Lisa was revealed to be a healthy actress, and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maurice Tempelsman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1999
    Age 69
    Tempelsman served as chairman of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) from 1999 to 2002 and again from 2007 to 2008, after which he was named chairman emeritus.
    More Details Hide Details An example of his work with the CCA involved assisting government leaders with establishing the New Partnership for Africa's Development. Tempelsman was a board member of the Southern African Enterprise Development Fund, and past chairman and long-serving board member of the Africa-America Institute. Tempelsman is a trustee of the Eurasia Foundation, and a director of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Center for National Policy, the Business Council for International Understanding, and the U.S.-Russia Business Council. He is chairman of the International Advisory Council of the Harvard School of Public Health’s AIDS Initiative, and is an honorary trustee and an honorary member of the corporation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tempelsman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was named a visitor to the Department of Classical Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A director of the Academy of American Poets, Tempelsman also serves as a trustee of the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, and on Lenox Hill Hospital’s Advisory Board. He has served on several Presidential Commissions including the President’s Commission for the Observance of Human Rights, the Citizen’s Advisory Board of Youth Opportunities and the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee, and was appointed to the New York Council on International Business.
  • 1993
    Age 63
    From 1993 to 1997, Tempelsman visited the White House at least ten times, met privately with Hillary Clinton on two separate occasions, vacationed with the Clintons and the Kennedy family in Martha's Vineyard, and flew to Moscow and back with President Clinton on Air Force One.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 58
    In 1988, Tempelsman moved into Onassis’s Fifth Avenue penthouse apartment in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details During their relationship, Tempelsman handled Onassis’s finances, quadrupling the $26 million secured from her late husband’s estate. The couple frequently took walks through Central Park and were photographed doing so in the days preceding her death on May 19, 1994, at age 64 from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. At Onassis’s funeral service, Tempelsman read Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem Ithaca, one of her favorites, and concluded by saying: "And now the journey is over, too short, alas, too short. It was filled with adventure and wisdom, laughter and love, gallantry and grace. So farewell, farewell." Tempelsman was one of two executors of her will (with her long-time attorney, Alexander D. Forger). She left him a "Greek alabaster head of a woman" and named Tempelsman to be a co‑chair of a charitable organization, the C & J Foundation. However, after estate taxes were paid, there was no residuary left to fund the foundation.
  • 1984
    Age 54
    Tempelsman and Bucholz formally separated in 1984. According to People, Bucholz and Tempelsman never legally divorced. Tempelsman was the longtime companion of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The two began their lengthy relationship in 1980, five years after the death of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ second husband Aristotle Onassis.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 47
    From March 3, 1977, Tempelsman briefly held the title of honorary consul general for Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at the DRC’s consular offices in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to the DRC, Tempelsman has played a key role in the diamond industries of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, and Sierra Leone.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 20
    In 1950 he created a new marketing niche by persuading the US-government to stockpile African diamonds for industrial and military purposes, with him as middleman, and in 1957, at the age of 27, he and his lawyer, Adlai Stevenson, traveled to Africa, where Tempelsman had begun forging ties with leaders.
    More Details Hide Details His contacts eventually ranged from South African anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo to Zaire's kleptocratic dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko and the influential Oppenheimer diamond family. Tempelsman is chairman of the board of directors of Lazare Kaplan International Inc. LKI), the largest diamond company in the United States, noted for its "ideal cut" diamonds sold worldwide under the brand name, Lazare Diamonds. Tempelsman is one of fewer than 90 ″sightholders″ in the world, which means that 10 times a year he is permitted to buy diamonds directly from the powerful De Beers cartel in the City of London. Because DeBeers was a virtual monopoly, for many years it could not operate legally in the United States. He is also a general partner of Leon Tempelsman & Son, an investment company specializing in real estate and venture capital. Tempelsman maintains relations with political and business leaders, in particular government leaders in Africa and Russia, and leading figures in the U.S. Democratic Party. His extensive political contacts and monetary contributions often provide him with access and prestige in those markets, as was the case during the presidency of Bill Clinton.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1949
    Age 19
    Tempelsman has three grown children by his wife Lilly Bucholz, a woman who had also fled Antwerp with her family. They were married in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details His daughter, Rena, is the widow of Robert Speisman, an executive vice president of Lazare Kaplan International Inc. who died on board American Airlines Flight 77, when the aircraft crashed into The Pentagon during the September 11 attacks.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Age 10
    In 1940, Tempelsman and his family emigrated to the United States to escape persecution by Nazi Germany during World War II.
    More Details Hide Details When he was 16, Tempelsman began working for his father, a diamond broker. He attended New York City’s public schools and New York University.
  • 1929
    Born
    Tempelsman was born on August 26, 1929 in Antwerp, Belgium, the son of Leon and Helene Tempelsman, both Orthodox Jews, in a Yiddish-speaking family in Antwerp’s Jewish community.
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