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Founder of Prominent Diamond Company Dies at Age 95

He was known for a ‘rare combination of dignity, modesty and generosity.’

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Yitzhak Arie (Leo) Schachter, founder of Leo Schachter Diamonds, has died at age 95.

He opened his company in New York in 1952, and it became “a diamond empire, engaged in all stages of the supply pipeline, from diamond manufacturing to jewelry setting,” according to a report posted by the Israel Diamond Institute.

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Leo Schachter’s corporate website notes that the company operates in eight locations on five continents and employs over 1,000 people. The firm “became Israel’s leading diamond exporter for over three decades.”

The company has been a De Beers for 50 years. Today it is also an Alrosa sightholder.

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“His rare combination of dignity, modesty and generosity serves as an inspiration for his family and friends and as a guiding light for the company that he founded and built,” Leo Schachter Diamonds said in a statement, according to Rapaport News.

Schachter passed away on May 9 and his funeral was held May 12.

Read more from the Israel Diamond Institute

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