Israeli businessman Yossi Maiman, who was a controlling shareholder in the now-defunct Channel 10 station and who headed energy, transport and communications projects, died Saturday at the age of 75.
Maiman was born in Germany in 1946 to a family of Polish Holocaust survivors, but grew up in Peru.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in economics from Cornell University, Maiman worked for the oil and gas giant Exxon.
In 1971 he immigrated to Israel and lived in Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.
In Israel, Maiman worked for fuel provider Sonol until the mid-1970s, when he founded the Merhav Group, which is involved in developing, financing and managing projects in agriculture, industrial agriculture, water, transportation, communications, gas, oil, and energy.
The Merhav Group operates in Central and South America, as well as in Europe, the Middle East and China.
Maiman died Saturday at his home in Herzliya after contracting an undisclosed illness. He was succeeded by his wife, Halit bin Israel, and three children, Ohad, Yoav and Noa.
Former reporters for Channel 10 (which was shut down and merged into Channel 13) mourned his death, calling him the person who fought to keep the network alive for years, during multiple crises.
“We will always remember him as the person who carried Channel 10 on the shoulders with endless nobility and dedication for so many years, and against the powerful forces that worked to shut down the channel,” Or Heller wrote on Twitter.
“I share in the family’s deep grief and I thank him and them for all they have done for the staff and for the success of the channel,” said reporter Almog Booker.