Shari Arison Biography | Inspiration Quotations | Motivation Quotes

Shari Arison
Shari Arison

Shari Arison Biography And Motivational Quotations:

Shari Arison was born on September 9, 1957 in New York City. Shari Arison is an Israel’s businesswoman and philanthropist and Israel’s wealthiest woman. Shari Arison is the owner of Carnival Cruise Lines and Israel’s Bank HaPoalim. According to the Forbes, in 2007, she is the Middle East richest woman and the only woman to be ranked in the region’s top-20 richest people.  As of 2014, Forbes estimated Shari Arison prosperity at US$ 4.9 billion, making her the fourth-wealthiest person in Israel and 312th-wealthiest person in the world.

Early Life And Career Life:

Shari Arison was born to the businessman Ted Arison and Mina Arison Sapir in New York. She has an elder brother, Micky. Her parents divorced in 1966 and she moved to Israel with her mother. She returned to the US at the age of 12 to live with her father and five years later she moved to Israel in order to enlist in the Israel Defense Forces. Arison’s father died in 1999 and she got 35% of assets from his father. She caused a large amount of protest after 900 workers were fired from Bank HaPoalim in 2003.  Shari Arison served as the chairman from the early 1990s until 2009 to the Arison Investments, Arison Group, The Ted Arison Family Foundation, and Established and Chaired Essence of Life and All One. Arison sponsored Israel’s third annual “Good Deeds Day” in which her non-profit organization, Ruach Tova in March 2009, thousands of Israelis were inspired to get involved in volunteering across the country.  Shari Arison developed a unique values-based model, to bring fundamental human values to the core consciousness of businesses, communities and organizations. 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.  Shari Arison was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2013, from George Mason University. In 2010, Shari Arison was awarded the America-Israel Friendship League’s partners for Democracy award. She was named Honorary Fellow of the Decade at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya in 2005. 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 in 2016.

Personal Life:

Shari Arison has been married and divorced three times. Jose Antonio was her first husband; they had three children. Miki Dorsman was second husband; they had one child and her third husband was Ofer Glazer.


  • In 2009: Arison’s first book, Birth- When the Spiritual and the Material Come Together, became a bestseller in Israel.

  • 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 2015: Arison published the bestseller The Doing Good Model: Activate Your Goodness in Business.

Shari Arison Inspiration Quotations:

  • “Sustainability is the key to our survival on this planet and will also determine success on all levels.”

  • “Doing Good is a simple and universal vision. A vision to which each and every one of us can connect and contribute to its realisation. A vision based on the belief that by doing good deeds, positive thinking and affirmative choice of words, feelings and actions, we can enhance goodness in the world.”

  • “Putting forward your positive energy connects you back to basic human values which we all share. Good Deeds Day shows that no matter the size of the gesture, a smile that brightens someone else's day or volunteering in your community, we can all take active part in making a difference.”

  • “Doing good holds the power to transform us on the inside, and then ripple out in ever-expanding circles that positively impact the world at large.”

  • “Each one of us can do a good deed, every day and everywhere. In hospitals in desperate need of volunteers, in homes for the elderly where our parents and grandparents are longing for a smile, a listening ear, in the street, in our workplaces and especially at home.”

  • “Matters of the heart are important to me. All this materialism and all the money and wealth are things that you don't take to the grave. One day you have it. The next day you don't.”

  • “The good inside of all of us is wrapped in a layer of apathy, and we forget how much potential we have within us, in each and every one of us, to change the world for the better for ourselves and our children, and thus to bring about oneness.”

  • “Good Deeds Day is based on a simple idea that every person can do a good deed for the benefit of others and the planet. Even a smile that brightens someone else's day is a good deed. I initiated Good Deeds Day to spread the message that everyone can give of themselves, according to their heart's desire.”

  • “My biggest aspiration is to inspire people to do good. I believe that our wish for a harmonious world begins and ends with doing good. To inspire and empower people to focus on goodness, I wrote a new book called 'Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good.'”

  • “Over the years, Good Deeds Day has annually gained greater popularity, spreading beyond geographical boundaries to include many more countries worldwide. International Good Deeds Day has become a global annual tradition of giving.”

  • “Even a smile is a good deed.”

  • “Every person - with his or her own skills, abilities and uniqueness - can contribute to others and bring great joy to those that fortune has not smiled upon.”

  • “Our everyday cares, making a living, the crazy rat race of life, often make us forget the value of a good deed. Thus, the goodness that exists within each and every one of us is covered with layer upon layer of indifference and unawareness. In fact, we almost have to be reminded of the fact that goodness is there inside us.”

  • “A good deed is not just a duty, but above all, a privilege.”

  • “Doing good business - being ethical, being transparent, being caring, implementing values in your business - makes a difference, and you make money at the same time.”

  • “In everything I do, whether in business, philanthropy or my personal life, I am guided by my inner truth, my values.”

  • “It's important to think good, speak good, and do good. If we want to see positive change in the world, then we need to connect to goodness. I try in everything I do, both in business and philanthropy, to make a positive change and do that by doing good.”

  • “I believe we all want the same thing - it doesn't matter who you are or where you're living. We all want to be healthy, happy, to live in peace and prosper. That's what I connect to.”

  • “I spent my entire life being afraid. I was afraid of everything - height, flights - I had no idea why.”

  • “I have recently been able to see the new world - the quiet, the tranquility and the freedom it will bring with it. This is very comforting knowledge for me because I already know that what I envision eventually becomes a reality.”

  • “'Activate Your Goodness' explains how we all have a stake in our collective future, each and every person in their own unique way. As I see it, it is all about personally taking responsibility for our actions, and fully realizing that by thinking good, speaking good and doing good, you can find your place in life.”

  • “Change is not in the hands of government, not in the hands of a leader or guru, and not in the hands of the powerful or wealthy. It is in our hands: the hands of each and every one of us.”

  • “Although we are physically laid to rest, we meet again and again to make amends. If I hurt someone in this life, I'll have to relive it to make amends. It helps you realize that by hurting someone, you are actually hurting yourself.”

  • “Over and over, since I was very young, I see things that are about to happen. You can call it heightened intuition; you can call it visions... I see it as a gift. It's my role to give people a heightened awareness, to show that basically we can change the world.”

  • “People see things in the opposite way that I do. There are places that spirit, soul and emotion reach.”

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  • “As the owner of the Arison Group, a philanthropic and business enterprise that spans across 40 countries in 5 continents, my ongoing challenge is to bridge the gap between what I envision and its understanding and practical implementation. The Arison Group operates to realize the overall vision of Doing Good.”

  • “If we all collectively generate good energy, there will be a good outcome.”

  • “A yacht is not for me. I don't enjoy it.”

  • Hopefully I'm a role model for positive change for everyone - not just women. It's very important to find balance between men and women.”

  • “I find that when you lead with vision and values, engaging employees and showing them that values are just as important as profits, everyone comes on board. And not only do they come on board, but they connect to their own individual creativity.”

  • “I don't think of myself as a powerful person. But I do use the platforms I have to make a difference in the world. Anyone who has a position where they can make a difference should use it.”

  • “I have always wanted to be a catalyst for bringing about positive change, inspiring others to choose goodness.”

  • “People look at me as spiritual... but I am also very logical, very business-minded. The two come together.”

Shari Arison

  • “As I see it, we are all connected and share a stake in our collective future. We are all part of a greater picture. I greatly encourage businesswomen everywhere in the world to take personal responsibility, stay connected to their own intuition and unique potential, work hard, deal with reality, but don't give up.”

  • “Once you realize that everything happens for a reason, attitudes towards matters such as illnesses, or lawsuits, for example, change.”

  • “I can't point to a single person or incident that changed my life, but the recognition that there is a certain world order, has been consequential. It has empowered me to do things my way. I found an inner truth by which I abide.”

  • “In my new book, 'Birth,' my goal is to share the path I have traveled in the spiritual sphere and in the business and philanthropic sphere in order to reveal the essential connection between the two.”

  • “Business is not a spiritual matter, and my business decisions are not based on spiritual considerations. When I founded the Essence of Life, a project aimed at teaching tolerance and respectful dialogue, the person appointed to head it was Irit Atzmon, a former colonel in the army. Can anything be more down-to-earth than that?”

  • “I feel we all have a stake in our community as much as we do in our own spirits, and seeking avenues of generosity is the direct path to peace among us.”

  • “Many of us are experiencing a phase of change, shedding outdated patterns and liberating ourselves from the old by moving on to the new. The year 2012 is an important one for mankind, a pivotal year. The potential for this exists in the mere fact that the majority of us are yearning for change.”

Shari Arison

  • “In 'Birth,' I explore the nature of the new world we are approaching with my business-spiritual model, a new model for a new world. This view will enable individuals, companies and even nations to move from collapse to positive change, and bring together the spiritual and the material, giving birth to a new future.”

  • “I saw things before they happened, and that scared me very much. The premonitions would always be accompanied by harsh and painful physical sensations.”

  • “The Ahmadinejads of the world, the bin Ladens of the world, will not change their ways, regardless of how hard we try to explain to them that peace begins with them.”

  • “I grew up in a business-inspired environment, and over the years have started and run several businesses and philanthropic organizations. Understanding how large corporations work, by having hands-on and board experience, I apply that knowledge to the benefit of all that I do.”

  • “Shikun & Binui, our infrastructure and real estate company, implements sustainability by building their projects 100% sustainable while educating their employees worldwide.”

  • “Spending years between America and Israel, I have gained a global view, and the planet is my home.”

  • “For too long, humanity has acted with an outrageous lack of responsibility. We wanted everything for ourselves: greed, really. We failed to look at the overall picture and did not take into consideration those with whom we share the world.”

  • “I foresaw the financial crisis. I get messages in my sleep, in pictures and words. I understood that I have a mission and a role in ensuring human existence. I received a message that people would soon start to go crazy.”


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