The "King of Fun" Rahr at a Victoria's Secret fashion show Dec. 10, 2010.
Stewart Rahr, a self-made billionaire known as the "King of Fun," put up $600,000 to fly 250 Israelis, including half the Knesset, to Cracow, Poland for the Jan. 27th commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Haaretz reported today that the Manhatten billionaire is footing the bill to fly 64 Knesset members, 30 Auschwitz survivors and assorted dignitaries and friends to the "Nazi death camp" on two charter 737 planes. Joining the group will be several American business leaders, including billionaires Carl Icahn, Michael Milken and Sheldon Adelson, and Jewish congressman Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
Other participants from Israel are expected to include the state comptroller, a Supreme Court justice, one of the chief rabbis, the chairman of Yad Vashem Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem and senior officials of the World Zionist Organization.