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While Bruce Levenson might be most well known for being an NBA owner, he has accomplished a number of other noteworthy feats outside of owning the Atlanta Hawks. In fact, besides being a father and husband, Levenson is also a successful businessman and philanthropist.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Maryland, Levenson spent his childhood years in the vicinity of our nation’s capital. For his undergraduate studies, Levenson attended Washington University in St. Louis and then returned to the DC area for law school at American University.
In 1977, Levenson co-founded United Communications Group in Maryland. The business began humbly, with Levenson’s apartment serving as the company’s office. UCG published a newsletter that focused on developments in the oil industry and soon acquired other newsletters and launched some databases. Today, United Communications Group is a privately held company that specializes in news and analysis for several industries, including healthcare and technology.
Levenson is a majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks, though the team is owned by a group of businessmen who own both the team and the arena. The team is talked about quite a bit on ESPN thanks to their great start this year. Initially, the group also owned an NHL team, which was sold in 2011. Levenson serves as the Hawks’ managing partner.
Levenson’s mother-in-law is a survivor of the Holocaust. Thus, Levenson, his wife, and his mother-in-law visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC with the Hawks basketball team and staff members. During this trip, Levenson spoke to the team about his mother-in-law’s Holocaust memories and experiences. Not surprisingly, Levenson is a founding donor to the Holocaust museum.
Donating to the Holocaust Museum is not Levenson’s only participation in philanthropy. He previously served as the president of the I Have a Dream foundation in Washington, which helps underprivileged children achieve their dreams of higher education.
Levenson has three sons with his wife, Karen.