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Jack Dreyfus

Jack Dreyfus
Born August 28, 1913
Montgomery, Alabama
Died March 27, 2009
Manhattan, New York
Education Lehigh University
Occupation Stockbroker, Thoroughbred owner & breeder
Known for Mutual fund pioneer [1]
Board member of Dreyfus Corporation, NYRA
Spouse(s) Joan Personette
Children John
Parent(s) Ida Lewis & Jonas Dreyfus
Awards Eclipse Award of Merit (1976)

John J. "Jack" Dreyfus, Sr. (August 28, 1913 – March 27, 2009) was an American financial expert and the founder of the Dreyfus Funds.

Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Dreyfus was a graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. He is widely publicized for being the man who "invented" the commonplace mutual fund through direct marketing to the public.[1]

After selling the fund during the early 1970s, Dreyfus became a major proponent of phenytoin as a means to control nervousness and depression when he received a prescription for Dilantin in 1966. Dreyfus' book about his experience with phenytoin, A Remarkable Medicine Has Been Overlooked, sits on the shelves of many physicians courtesy of the work of his foundation. Despite well over $100 million in personal financing, his push to see phenytoin evaluated for alternative uses has had little lasting effect on the medical community. This was partially due to Parke-Davis's reluctance to invest in a drug nearing the end of its patent life.

His early television commercials featuring a lion emerging from the Wall Street subway station were successful. According to Barron's Magazine end of Century issue, Jack Dreyfus was considered the 2nd most significant money manager of the last century.

Dreyfus married in 1939 Joan Personette, from whom he was divorced; they had one child, John (Jonny).

His paternal grandfather was a first cousin of Alfred Dreyfus, the protagonist of the French 19th-century anti-Semitic scandal known as the Dreyfus affair.

Jack Dreyfus was also a renowned, championship bridge player.

John "Jack" Dreyfus died on March 27, 2009.[2]

Hobeau Farm

Dreyfus established the noted Hobeau Farm in Ocala, Florida in the early 1960s where he bred, trained and raced Thoroughbred racehorses. The 2,200-acre (8.9 km2) property was the center of his racing operation. In 1962, Dreyfus hired Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer Allen Jerkins as head trainer [2] He sold the property (reduced to 1,830 acres) in February 2005 for $12,750,000 [3]

Jack Dreyfus served as Chairman of the New York Racing Association. [3]. He was voted the 1976 Eclipse Award of Merit, Thoroughbred racing's highest honor presented to an individual or entity displaying outstanding lifetime achievement in, and service to, the Thoroughbred industry.

Among his noted horses and victories were Beau Purple, which defeated Kelso in the Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park in October 1962; Onion which defeated Secretariat in the Whitney Stakes in August 1973; Prove Out which defeated Secretariat in the Woodward Stakes in September 1973; Handsome Boy which defeated Buckpasser in the Brooklyn Handicap in July 1967; Blessing Angelica (mare) which won the Delaware Handicap in 1971 and 1972.[4]


  1. ^ Jack Dreyfus - Maverick Wizard Behind the Wall Street Lion, Life Magazine, 1964
  2. ^ Founder of Dreyfus fund dies at 95, Associated Press, March 27, 2009
  3. ^ Hobeau Farm to remain intact, Ocala Star-Banner, February 4, 2005
  4. ^ A Genuine Gentleman, The Blood-Horse,All these horses were trained by the great H. Allen Jerkens August 28, 1999

"The Two Lives of Jack Dreyfus---The Lion of Wall Street" by Jack Dreyfus ISBN 0-89526-461-7

External links

  • Jack Dreyfus website
  • Dreyfus Health Foundation
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