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Ethnicity  Jewish
Spouse(s)  Gina Sacks
Name  Leslie Sacks

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Born  1952Johannesburg, South Africa
Died  September 26, 2013 (age 61)
Nationality  South AfricaUnited States
Occupation  art dealer and collector
Children  Jared SacksDaniel SacksDaniel Sacks (stepson)David Sacks (stepson)

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Leslie J. Sacks (1952-September 26, 2013) was a Los Angeles-based art dealer and founder of Women's Voices Now.

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Biography

Sacks was born to a Jewish family in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1952, the second of three children born to Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. His father was South African businessman Wolfe Harry Sacks.

Sacks graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a degree in psychology and computer science. While in college, he fought against apartheid.

In 1981, he opened his first art gallery, Les Art, in South Africa. In 1991, he moved to Los Angeles and opened Leslie Sacks Fine Art in Brentwood, California. In 2007, he purchased the Bobbie Greenfield Gallery at Bergamot Station, renaming it Leslie Sacks Contemporary. His specialties were African tribal art, post-war artists, and contemporary artists including Andy Warhol and Robert Motherwell. His collection of African art was published in Refined Eye, Passionate Heart - African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection by Skira.

Personal life and philanthropy

In 2010, Sacks founded and funded Women's Voices Now, a charity dedicated to "empowering women living in Muslim-majority societies by promoting their free expression, thereby giving voice to the struggles for civil, economic, political, and gender rights". He was an ardent supporter of the state of Israel. Sacks produced a documentary about his father, South Africa businessman Wolfe Harry Sacks.

Personal life

Sacks died of cancer on September 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife Gina Brourman-Sacks, an immigrant from South Korea; sons Jared and Daniel; and stepsons Daniel and David. His wife succeeded him as Board Chair of Women's Voices Now. His sister Caron Sacks is married to Israeli politician Ze'ev Bielski and is the mother of actress Adi Bielski. His brother Rodney Sacks is the founder of Monster Beverage.

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Leslie Sacks Wikipedia