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Sigmund Sternberg

Sir Sigmund Sternberg, KCSG, GCFO, JP[1] (born 2 June 1921) is a British philanthropist, interfaith campaigner, businessman and Labour Party donor.

Early life

Sternberg is Jewish and was born in Budapest, Hungary. He emigrated to Britain in 1939 and was naturalised as a British citizen in 1947.


He has worked in promoting dialogue between different faiths. Successes in this area include:

He established the Sternberg Foundation in 1968 and was one of the co-founders of the Three Faiths Forum. He was the founding Chairman of CRU Group. Sternberg is currently Life President of the Movement for Reform Judaism.[2]

He is chairman of the Sternberg Interfaith Gold Medallion.

Honours and awards

In 1976, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in 1985 he was made a Papal Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KCSG) by Pope John Paul II.

Furthermore, he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1998 for his interfaith work worldwide.[3]

In November 2005, Sternberg was promoted to the highest rank within the Royal Order of Francis I to the grade of Knight Grand Cross (GCFO), this in recognition of his contributions to furthering the interfaith activities of the British and Irish Delegation.[4]

In 2008, he received the FIRST International Award for Responsible Capitalism, lifetime achievement medal.[5]


  1. ^ Association Members – official website of the Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain of Pius IX, Saint Gregory and Saint Sylvester
  2. ^ Who's who: Sir Sigmund Sternberg, President – website of Movement for Reform Judaism
  3. ^ Previous price winners – website of the Templeton Prize
  4. ^ Interfaith leader Sir Sigmund Sternberg promoted to the highest rank within the Royal Order of Francis I – official website of the Grand Magistral Delegation for Inter-Religious Relations
  5. ^ 2008 Award – official website of FIRST Magazine

External links

  • Profile from the Three Faiths Forum
  • Caption for National Portrait Gallery portrait

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