Edgar Bronfman Sr: The man behind the meat
Though he's known locally as the man behind the bison, Georgetown Farm owner Edgar Bronfman Sr. actually grew up around alcohol.
The family business was Montreal-based Seagram, the distiller of such popular brands as Chivas Regal, Wild Turkey, and of course Seagram's 7.
When his father died in 1971, Bronfman took over. He would later hand the reins to son Edgar Jr. who went on a controversial mid-'90s buying spree that included acquiring Universal Studios. (That controversy pales beside the scandal that erupted last week as Seagram's new parent company, Vivendi, reported a loss of more than $12 billion for the first half of 2002.)
For the past 21 years, Bronfman has served as president of the World Jewish Congress and has worked during his retirement to effect a $1.5 billion settlement from Swiss banks for money deposited by Jews before the Holocaust.
As if that weren't enough, Bronfman has another claim to fame: he's the grandfather of indie songstress Lauren Hoffman.
According to U.S. News, Bronfman's son, speaking in 1999, has found the secret to business success. "You just have to be real smart," Junior told a New York audience, "and choose the right father."