How I Built an Empire and Gave It Away Joe Zilber

ISBN: 9781626000407

Published: October 10th 2013


248 pages


How I Built an Empire and Gave It Away  by  Joe Zilber

How I Built an Empire and Gave It Away by Joe Zilber
October 10th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 248 pages | ISBN: 9781626000407 | 6.35 Mb

A terrible title, some interesting stories. Joe Zilber, started out modestly in Milwaukee, made a fortune as a developer, then became a philanthropist in his beloved hometown. Nuggets:— In the late fifties, he bought his first building in downtown Milwaukee, the Carpenter Building at Sixth and Wisconsin. He renovated the building, turning it into a profitable investment. … Harry W Schwartz, Milwaukees leading bookshop from 1927-2009, operated at street level with a basement full of remainders. I worked for a nonprofit on the fifth floor.

The building came down to make way for a convention center.— In the early eighties, Joe Zilber saved The Riverside Theater, a 2,400-seat vaudeville house and movie palace that he cherished from childhood. Over the years, the place became an eyesore. Joe restored the theater. … Tony Bennett played The Riverside after the renovation. After a few tunes, he put down the mic and sang unamplified. These are the best acoustics Ive seen in any theater Ive ever been in, he said. The Riverside booked Tony Bennett for another gig. Turn off the mic, he said. I want to do this again.— Zilbers Towne Realty bought other downtown properties, which he liked for their standing as majestic landmark office buildings with marble staircases, high-ceilinged lobbies and exterior ornamentation.

… My workplace moves into one of these buildings, the fifteen-story Wells Building, in a couple of weeks. Zilbers firm sold the property a couple of years ago.— A fascinating twelve-page chapter tells about reinvigorating the twenty-one-acre Pabst Brewing property, once the largest brewery in the country, founded in 1844. I want to create a neighborhood where people can live, where there are homes, stores and offices, said Joe.— Late in life, Joe Zilber gave away substantial amounts of money to worthwhile causes, such as literacy programs and the Milwaukee chapter of LISC, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.I never realized it could be this gratifying to put a lifetime of savings and investments toward so many good causes, said Joe Zilber.

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