Bernard "Barney" Osher - Barney Osher is a well-known patron of the arts and education in the San Francisco Bay area. Mr. Osher grew up in Maine where he ran his family's hardware and plumbing supply store. He then took an unpaid position at Oppenheimer & Company in New York to learn the workings of Wall Street brokerage. Subsequently, he moved to California, bought a small savings and loan, Golden West, and soon thereafter, World Savings. Eventually, he purchased the fine-art auction house of Butterfield & Butterfield, grew it into the fourth largest auction house in the world, and sold it to eBay in 1999. Mr. Osher is also a collector of American paintings of the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

The Bernard Osher Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1977 by Bernard Osher. His philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations across the United States.

More than 38 million people around the world are infected by HIV/AIDS, 25 million in Africa alone.
Fritz Institute has worked closely with us and brought in private sector advisors like Intel that have helped us revamp our entire containment process and it's led to great benefits.
- George Rupp, President,
International Rescue Committee
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