1990 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"If you're not lazy, you can go out and conquer the world."
Zachary Fisher grew up in Brooklyn, New York, one of seven children of a Russian immigrant. He quit school at 16 to work as a laborer to help with family expenses. Shortly thereafter, he and his two brothers joined forces to form Fisher Brothers, which has grown into one of the real estate industry's premier residential and commercial developers. Prevented from active service in World War II due to a leg injury, Fisher drew on his building skills to assist the U. S. Coastal Service in constructing coastal fortifications. He continued his patronage of the Armed Forces and, in 1978, founded the Intrepid Museum Foundation to save the historic and battle scarred aircraft carrier Intrepid from the scrap yard. This resulted in his spearheading the opening of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City, now the world's largest naval museum. He went on to found the Armed Services Foundation.* Deceased