Former Strauss chairman Michael Strauss has died at the age of...

Michael Strauss, who served until 2001 as chairman of the Strauss Group and served until 2014 as chairman of the Strauss Private Holdings, died at the age of 86. He is survived by three children: Ofra Strauss, who serves as chairman of the Strauss Group, Irit and Adi, and a nurse – Raya Strauss Ben Dror.

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Strauss, who was born in Germany to Hilda and Richard, immigrated to Israel with his parents when he was two years old. As a child, he became involved in the family business, when he shared with his father the milk from the barn his parents set up in the yard of their home in Nahariya. Three years after immigrating to Israel, the Strauss couple sold the barn and established the Strauss Dairy in Nahariya, which was the basis for what Michael Strauss became the second largest food company in Israel and whose annual sales in 2019 amounted to NIS 8.5 billion.

The late Michael Strauss Photo: Amit Shaal

Michael Strauss with his daughter Ofra (left) Michael Strauss with his daughter Ofra (left) Photo: Israel Hadari
6-year-old Michael Strauss with his parents and sister Raya 6-year-old Michael Strauss with his parents and sister Raya

Although Michael transferred the baton to his daughter Ofra, who still serves as chairman of the Strauss Group, 19 years ago, he remained very involved and until 2014 served as chairman of the private family holding company (this year his son Adi was appointed chairman of the family holding company). , The controlling owner of the public Strauss Group.

In the public arena, too, Strauss’ influence has been evident in recent months, when he was among 120 senior officials in the economy, who last February sent a letter to 120 MKs with a copy to the president calling for not allowing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to receive the mandate after the election. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s decision to indict him for serious offenses of government corruption.

Under his management for 26 years and later under his leadership, the family company grew and became a major food company in Israel, which has international operations in more than 20 countries, through about 15,000 employees.

David Federman: “Great sorrow, Michael was a close friend for decades”

Barn Chairman Dan Proper said today: “I was sorry to hear about the death of Michael Strauss. Without a doubt, he was one of the builders of the food industry in the country and devoted all his energy and abilities to building a society of glory. I share the grief of the Strauss family, the Strauss and Ofra company, which heads it. “

David Federman said: “Great sorrow. Michael has been a very close friend for decades. At least he got to see an orderly transfer for the kids. My whole family is in pain and the whole Strauss family is grieving. Mike was a family member and a true friend and will be greatly missed. ‘

The president of the Manufacturers’ Association, Dr. Ron Tomer, wrote on his Twitter account: “Mickey, all of us, the manufacturers and others, today bow our heads in deep sorrow for your passing and respect for your work and love for the industry. I pledge, on behalf of the Israeli industrial companies, that we will all continue on your path exactly the way you went: with a sense of mission, Zionism, determination, initiative and love. We all mourn your passing. ‘

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