Barry K. Schwartz

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Barry K. Schwartz
Born May 25, 1942
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Businessman
Racehorse owner
Known for Cofounder & Chairman, Calvin Klein Inc.
Board member of New York Racing Association
Philatelic Foundation
Spouse(s) Sheryl
Children Stephanie, Jonathan
Awards Alfred G. Vanderbilt Award (2001)

Barry K. Schwartz (born May 25, 1942)[1] is an American businessman, thoroughbred racehorse owner, and a former horse racing industry executive. Schwartz's father, a grocer, was murdered when Barry was twenty-one-years old. Schwartz grew up in a one-bedroom apartment in The Bronx. In 1968 he borrowed $10,000 to partner with childhood friend and fashion designer Calvin Klein to establish the clothing manufacturer, Calvin Klein Inc. He became the business' CEO.[2] The two built the business into a multibillion-dollar operation and one of the most successful and recognizable brands in the industry.

Thoroughbred racing[edit]

A member of The Jockey Club, Barry Schwartz has been an active owner in Thoroughbred horse racing since 1978 and has raced a number of horses. In 2001, the New York Turf Writers' Association voted him that year's Alfred G. Vanderbilt Award as The Person Who Did the Most For Racing. He served as Chairman of the New York Racing Association from 2000 to 2004. Since 1979 he has owned Stonewall Farm, a 750-acre (3.0 km2) horse farm in Granite Springs, a hamlet in the Town of Somers.

Among Schwartz's hobbies, he is a stamp collector and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philatelic Foundation in New York City.