We are sadden by the news of the death of 78-year-old financier, king of commodities and founder of Glencore Co. Marc Rich; we want to take a moment to honor his memory getting to know his lovely daughters, Ilona Schachter and Danielle Kilstock. Rich and former wife, Austrian singer-song writer Denise Eisenberg wed in 1996 and had three children together; Daniella, Ilona, and Gabrielle. Gabrielle Rich Aouad, predeceased her parents after a decade-long battle with Hodgkin’s Disease, a type of leukemia at age 27.
Ilona Rich is the couple’s first child and she was born in Madrid in August 1967. Ilona has immersed herself in both art and fashion; having lost her sister to leukemia she serves as a board member of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation and also volunteers for several other leukemia charities. The 46-year-old is well known for her fresh spirited sculptures and paintings. She is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in Paris and has made a name for herself in both The United States and Europe. Rich created a line of clothing, entitled, “Size 6” to complement her new artwork being shown by the gallerist Gracie Mansion. Rich’s art has been praised, as an alternative reality where everything is larger-than-life and what is normal is usually off-kilter.
She is a mom of four young sons; Adrian, now 16; Kai, 15; Gabriel, 13; and Sage, 10 and is also the wife of an art entrepreneur, Kenny Schachter; who has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries for in excess of 20 years. Ilona’s work as fashion designer and artist includes fiberglass sculptures of freakishly cute creatures in ice-cream colors and pastel dresses in Easter-chick prints.
You can find her on Facebook here.
After the formation of MRAG, Marc Rich initially lived in London where his third daughter, Danielle, was born in March 1975. Daniella Rich is the youngest of Denise Rich’s three daughters. A former actress, Daniella has been involved in film for a number of years and has had roles in Steve Buscemi’s Trees Lounge and Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. She is an avid writer and has recently undertaken the production of a series of articles and a novel. Her philanthropic activities include membership in several charitable foundations; she is a board member of the Rich Foundation in Israel, and actively involved in an outreach program to teach yoga to young cancer patients. She works with the Urban Empire Theatre Company.
Danielle/Daniella Rich is married to Richard Kilstock, who is a British real estate entrepreneur.
The Rich’ sisters are without a doubt two successful women just like their parents. Their father Mr. Rich is also remembered for being the fugitive financier who was pardoned by President Clinton. Rich died Wednesday June 26, of a stroke at a hospital in Lucerne, near his home.
Our most sincere condolences to the two of them and the rest of the family.