Bernard Selz

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Bernard Selz
Born (1940-02-07) February 7, 1940 (age 83)
Known forFounder of Selz Capital
SpouseLisa Selz

Bernard Thierry Selz (born February 7, 1940) is a fund manager and anti-vaccination supporter based in Manhattan. His wife Lisa serves as president of the Selz Foundation, a charitable group.[1] They are major financiers of anti-vaccination groups.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Selz earned a bachelor's of art degree from Columbia College in 1960.[2] He is married to Lisa Selz; they have two adult children.[1]


Selz founded Selz Capital in November 2003. The firm is headquartered in New York City. It has approximately $750 million from 24 high net worth clients under management.[3] It employs four people.[4]

Previously, he served as the Senior Managing Director at ING Furman Selz. He founded that firm in 1973. He began his career in the securities industry in 1960 at Lazard Freres.[2]

Charitable activities[edit]

The Selz Foundation has been described operating "with a focus on humanitarian, educational, geriatric, homeopathic, animal causes and the arts."[1] The foundation has been a major supporter of LaGuardia Community College in Queens and Columbia University where it has endowed professorships in medieval art and Pre-Columbian art and archaeology. The foundation does not accept unsolicited requests.[5]

The Selz Foundation provides roughly three-fourths of the funding for the Informed Consent Action Network, an anti-vaccination charity led by Lisa Selz and Del Bigtree.[1] The foundation also gave $1.6 million to two non-profits, one of which (AMC Foundation) funded Autism Media Channel LLC, the group that produced the 2016 American documentary film Vaxxed.[1]: 1 . In total, the Selz Foundation is estimated to have donated over $3 million to the anti-vaccine movement.[1]: 1

Bernard Selz sits on the board of World Monuments Fund and has sat on the boards of the Center for Jewish History,[6] and the Frick Collection.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Sun, Lena H.; Brittain, Amy (19 June 2019). "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2019-06-19. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Company Overview of Selz Capital LLC". Bloomburg. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  3. ^ "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Form ADV". 3 September 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "SELZ CAPITAL LLC". Whale Wisdom. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ Adeniji, Ade. "How This Wealthy Couple Supports Archaeology and Arts on Campus". Inside Philanthropy. Archived from the original on 20 June 2019. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ Feldman, Ari (June 19, 2019). "Wealthy Jewish Philanthropists Responsible For Funding Anti-Vaccine Organizations". Jewish Daily Forward.
  7. ^ "Frick Collection Elects Two New Members to Board of Trustees Bradford Evans and Bernard Selz | The Frick Collection". Retrieved 2020-07-05.