Influential Leaders

William Goldring

Chairman, Sazerac Co.
Recognition Year(s): 2015
Area of Impact: Consumer Goods or Services
School: A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University
Location: United States

William (Bill) Goldring entered Tulane University in 1961 and graduated from the business school with a bachelor of business administration in 1964. Earlier that year, on his 21st birthday, his father gave him a letter wishing him ""health, happiness, and wealth,"" and telling him to use his wealth intelligently and gain happiness and satisfaction by helping others. "As you get older, you must serve your community; give time as well as money," the letter said. In the years since, Goldring has delivered on his father's wishes.

Goldring’s philanthropies have transformed the New Orleans community and provided leadership for regional universities, museums, and health care institutions. He has provided funding for the two buildings that house Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business; the Goldring Tennis Center at Tulane; the Jewish Community Center in Metairie; the Holocaust Memorial in New Orleans; the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi; and the restoration of Temple Sinai. Golding was instrumental in developing Woldenberg Park, a fine open-space park along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, as well as New Orleans City Park's Great Lawn, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. 

Goldring has also served on the business school council for many years, and as a member of Tulane's board of administrators.

Goldring is a giant of philanthropy whose donations of time and treasure have transformed the landscape of New Orleans. He has demonstrated great vision, superb leadership, and high impact. He has had a transformative impact on New Orleans and surrounding regions in education, the arts, health care, and public open space.