Jay-Z Honored at Benefit for NY Police and Fire Widows
He's been rich for a long, long time, but it seems like 2010 is the first year where Jay-Z hung out with financial luminaries just as often as his hip-hop contemporaries. In addition to his recent Forbes interview with Warren Buffet, Hov was honored along with Warner Music Group CEO Lyor Cohen and Vikram S. Pandit, the head of Citigroup, last night by the New York Police and Fire Widow's and Children's Benefit Fund at a lavish fundraiser dinner.
Pandit might seem to have little in common with Jay-Z, but both are native New Yorkers that overcame a great deal of adversity to rise to the top of business. While Hov runs Roc Nation and has ownership stakes in the 40/40 club chain, New Jersey Nets, Rocawear and more, Pandit oversees Citi operations in more than 100 countries.
"It's a privilege to honor Vikram, and recognize Jay-Z and Lyor -- all influential leaders in their respective industries -- for setting such an admirable example of commitment to our community," said Stephen Dannhauser, one of the charity's chairmen. "We are deeply grateful for their contributions to further awareness of the Benefit Fund's efforts on behalf of family members of New York City's finest and bravest heroes."
Jay-Z has a solid history with the charity as well. Last year's 9/11 Answer the Call benefit concert at Madison Square Garden exclusively benefited the Fund and was a resounding success.