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Issue #222
Summer 2009

Isadore Sharp photographed exclusively for Lifestyles Magazine by Taku Kumabe at the Four Seasons corporate office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Cover Story

Isadore Sharp: The Golden Rule

By Matthew Simmons

At first it was just another real estate deal, but Four Seasons soon evolved out of Sharp’s passion for construction and attention to detail.

In his new book Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy, the hotel’s founder, chairman, and CEO Isadore Sharp details how he turned instinct and perseverance into an all-world luxury brand.


Muhammad Yunus: The People's Bankers

By Nancy A. Ruhling

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus wants to leave poverty for the history books.

Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron: Open Minded

By Nancy A. Ruhling

The Open University of Israel’s new president, Professor Hagit Messer-Yaron, is ignoring geography and backgrounds to offer her school’s virtual classroom to the world.

Kevin Youkilis: Batter Up

By Robert K. Epstein

The consummate overachiever, Boston Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis is also winning off the field in his bid to help kids succeed.

Michael Kaiser: For Art's Sake

By Wendy Helfenbaum

Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser isn’t just a turnaround specialist—he’s almost singlehandedly saving the arts.

Alan Casden: Building on a Promise

By David Blumenfeld

For Los Angeles real estate magnate Alan Casden, his life changed the moment he met Simon Wiesenthal 30 years ago.

Dr. Mitch Rosenthal: From the Ashes

By Jenny Hazan

After 40 years, Phoenix House founder Dr. Mitch Rosenthal is still helping addicts turn their lives around.

Sam Watson: Treatment Plan

By Wendy Helfenbaum

When Sam Watson was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer as a senior in college, she could have given up. Instead, she fought for her life and emerged as a source of hope for survivors.

Arthur Levine: Book Smart

By Robert K. Epstein

When publisher Arthur Levine bid on the first Harry Potter book from little-known author J. K. Rowling, he never could have imagined he’d stumbled upon the literary coup of the century.


  • World’s billionaires meet secretly
  • Simonyi back on earth—again
  • Dame Stephanie Shirley named philanthropy “ambassador”
  • Empire State Building Going Green
  • Ford takes off with aircraft campaign
  • Nature Calling
  • Alum donations double size of U. of Michigan’s gallery
  • Google chief joins fight against “urgent threats”
  • ‘Acres away’ for Brit millionaire
  • $100 million to fight cancer
  • Gates contributes to $750 million social network
  • Next generation of Buffetts keep giving
  • Box office bite


  • Rolls-Royce Unveils the 200EX
  • Costume Institute Gala
  • AFIPO Hosts Private Recital
  • A Night in Persia
  • Cartier Celebrates 100 Years in America
  • Rising Leaders Celebrated
  • FFEU Spring Benefit
  • Will Smith Honored by SWC
  • Children at Heart

The Index

Global Philanthropy Register

Lifestyles Magazine’s 2009 Global Philanthropy Register reflects the continued passion, support and perseverance of over 500 of the world’s wealthiest individuals dedicated to fighting poverty, eradicating disease, combating climate change, improving access and quality of education, health care, art and culture, both locally and around the glbe. The surprising reality of the global financial crisis is that the world’s wealthiest individuals are quietly still giving.

The Big Gift: The Genesis of a Donation

The Knight Cancer Institute

By Kimberly Greene

Since the early 1990s, the Cancer Institute at the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) has worked toward translating basic science into clinical research and better therapies for cancer patients.

The Philanthropy Questionnaire

With Lisa Philp

Lisa Philp is a Managing Director and the Global Head of Philanthropic Services at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she oversees philanthropic giving by clients in excess of $100 million annually.