Israeli business empire
The brothers built a sprawling business empire that included holdings in international shipping, real estate, chemicals and banking. They divided their assets in recent years, but media have reported that their joint worth ranged from $4 billion to $10 billion.
Ofer had emigrated from Romania with his family in 1924.
Earlier this year, the U.S. government sanctioned Sammy Ofer's company, Ofer Bros. Group, for selling an oil tanker to Iran through a Singapore subsidiary in violation of U.S. trade restrictions on Tehran.
process for autos
Kurt Ziebart, 91, who pioneered the innovative rustproofing process for automobiles that bears his name, died Sept. 12 at his home in Williamsburg, Mich., said his wife, Edith.
Born in 1920 in Germany, he was a master auto mechanic who immigrated to the U.S. in 1953 and developed his rustproofing process the next year. The idea for it came from German visitors who observed that Americans "drove totally rusted-out automobiles," his wife said.
He tried unsuccessfully to interest General Motors and other automakers in his chemical process, so he created an after-market business to protect cars from rust, she said.
In 1959, he opened his first store in Detroit, called Ziebarts, to rustproof automobiles from the ravages of rain, snow and ice.
When it was still a small operation, he sold the business in 1963. Based in the Detroit suburb of Troy, it evolved into Ziebart International Corp. with 400 outlets in 30 countries, according to its website.
"I've never had a regret," Ziebart told Autoweek in 1989. "My partners and I couldn't decide what way we should go, so I sold my interest."
Ziebart moved to northern Michigan, bought a Mercedes-Benz dealership that he kept until 1988 and built a home overlooking the water.
Times staff and wire reports