Haim Saban, 74, a businessman and generous philanthropist with an estimated net worth of $3.2 billion, said he and his wife, Cheryl Saban, "love" all 23 Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential race except for Bernie Sanders who, said Haim, is "a communist under the cover of being a socialist." He added that Sanders is a "disaster zone."
Haim Saban made his remarks in a July 10 story published in The Holywood Reporter. The lengthy article, "How to Give Away $420 Million," focuses on the Saban family's extensive philanthropic endeavors, many of them related to health care, women's issues, and the motion picture industry. The Sabans are also major donors to the Democratic Party.
"We love all 23 candidates," Haim Saban says in the article. "No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don't give a hoot."
"He's a communist under the cover of being a socialist," says the businessman. "He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us 'the billionaire class.' And he attacks us indiscriminately. 'It's the billionaire class, the bad guys.' This is how communists think."
"So, 22 [candidates] are great," he adds. "One is a disaster zone."
Reporter Tatiana Siegel notes in her article that all the "major presidential candidates skipped the most recent AIPAC summit, (the annual D.C conference of the pro-Israel lobbying group)." Siegel reports that "Haim blames Sanders for that phenomenon."
"I can't deny the impact that Bernie has had on the Democratic Party," says Saban.
"I love it when Bernie says, 'I recognize Israel's right to exist,'" says the philanthropist. "That's how he expresses his support of Israel. Well, thank you so very much."
Saban continues, "Are you out of your freaking mind? Oh, I'm allowed to live. Hallelujah, praise the lord."
Saban has been involved in numerous business ventures over the years but he reportedly made the bulk of his fortune by producing and distributing the Power Rangers TV program in the United States. He and his wife Cheryl have been married since 1987. They have four children.
In The Hollywood Reporter article, Saban states, "We're not that rich. We're not like Larry Ellison or Bill Gates or Jeffrey Bezos," he says. "We're not in that league, but we're doing OK."