Charney was a behind-the-scenes adviser to President Jimmy Carter when he was negotiating the Camp David Accords in the late 1970s between Israel and Egypt. For one of Charney’s books, Carter is quoted as describing Charney as “one of the unsung heroes of the peace process.”
The fortune Charney earned as a lawyer and in real estate won him a place for several years on Forbes magazine’s ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans. In 2009, Charney came in at No. 296 with a fortune estimated at $1.3 billion.
Later in life, Charney was known for his cable TV show, “The Leon Charney Report,” which focused on politics and issues of Jewish interest. As host, Charney interviewed Israeli politicians, generals and entertainers, American journalists and Jewish community figures, among others.
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