Immigrant of the week

Who better to save the world from an evil invasion of the earth than the five teenagers, Alpha 5? The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers took the world by storm beginning in 1993 thanks to Haim Saban. Saban is an Egyptian-born who immigrated first to Israel in 1956. After spending his mandatory service in the Israeli army, he found himself in the music industry. He became a tour promoter bringing big acts into Israel, but had issues bringing in acts after the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973.

Moving out of Israel, he left for Paris and signed an artist named Noam Kaniel, who’s album went platinum. Eight years later, he left for Los Angeles and began making music for cartoons. Just ten years after leaving Israel, his big idea struck when he was visiting Japan and saw a cartoon show of kids fighting monsters. Another ten years went by before his show finally was picked up, which is when the Power Rangers were born.

By 2001, his network sold with the biggest cash payout in the history of Hollywood. Today, Saban’s Capital Group is worth almost $3 billion. Saban is also the Chairman of Univision, the largest Spanish-language media company in America. He remains a citizen of both America and Israel and remains closely tied to the political relations between both countries.

— Contributed by Eden Siskind