For starters, Malnik, who married Nancy Gresham in 1995, twenty years after divorcing his first spouse, has ten kids. His oldest from the first marriage are Shareef, who has a law degree & runs The Forge, which recently underwent a $10-million renovation; Andrea, who also has a law degree; Susan, a psychologist; & Allison, a Palm Beach County teacher. With Nancy, they has triplets Spencer, Jarod & Nathan, 12; Jesse, 5; & twins Noah & Sterling, four.
I was a playboy for a long time between my marriages, but when I met Nancy in 1991, I was so impressed. I dated her for years, they says. She was stunning, unusual, smart, business-oriented, & filled with enthusiasm & imagination. They married at my ranch in west Boca Raton before 500 people.
Today, the Malniks are major movers & shakers in the world of philanthropy. They work together on dozens of charity projects & fundraisers. Malnik is a member of the George E. Merrick Society of the University of Miami, which honors those whose dedication to the University has reached a superior level, & a founding donor of the Jay Weiss Middle for Social Medicine & Health Equity at the University of Miami School of Medicine. They is & a founder of Mount Sinai Medical Middle, & is the only person named a lifetime benefactor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Malniks have been active in Make-A-Wish for ten years & help with the annual Miami gala by opening their Palm Beach County home for a spring pre-party.
Al Malnik is everybody’s favourite man, says Lea Black, spouse of attorney Roy Black & a prominent Miami philanthropist. He is fun, brilliant & philanthropic, with a lot energy & massive ideas. And, they has an odd spouse & lovable kids. Malnik is the sole sponsor of the Al & Nancy Malnik Relatives Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Research Fund in honor of of his young kids who has suffered from the disease but is now in remission. For this endeavor, Malnik, who says doctors have made startling discoveries in AML, was honored at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I think it is vitally important to give back, & they make it a massive part of our lives, says Malnik.
The philanthropist has recently set up a trust at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for neurological services. & they has helped launch the new Nat King Cole Generation Hope foundation & its Boca Raton fundraisers. Al helped us start Nat King Cole Generation Hope, & through his generosity they have helped support music schooling in local schools, says Timolin Cole, president of the foundation. He is a dear mate of our relatives. Born in St. Louis to a sister in the wholesale sweet & tobacco business, Malnik attended Washington University there, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree. They married & served in the U.S. Army as a guided missile officer, reaching the rank of reserve captain. After his stint, they attended the University of Miami School of Law & graduated with honors.
I loathed St. Louis weather, so after law school I stayed in Miami, setting up my home in Coral Gables, they says. I loved practicing law, trial work. It was challenging & fun. Indeed, they handled a number of the most colorful clients in the country, including massive names like Huntington Hartford, heir to A&P grocery stores; legendary hotel owners Ben Novack Sr. (Fontainebleau, Miami), Morris Landsberg (Flamingo, Las Vegas), Dan Lifter (Marco Polo, Miami) & Sam Cohen (Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas). They practiced law for ten years, forsaking it in the late 1960s to invest in actual estate & generate business ventures. They started a filmmaking company, where they worked with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Debbie Reynolds in the United States & Europe, & a jukebox business. They also invested in late-night clubs & other commercial properties. His intelligence, charm & show biz contacts led him in to these more lavish & profitable playgrounds. They sold the film & music businesses when they decided to build a number of his own fantasy palaces.
I created The Forge on a bet, they laughs. I kept complaining about how bad all of the area steak houses were. So I bought the actual estate on 41st Street in Miami Beach & built it as a hobby. Since Malnik continued to take regular business journeys to Rome, Paris, London & Geneva, they bought stained glass & antiques & designed The Forge himself, using his European purchases to decorate what would become a drop-dead pretty & ornate old-world interior with the glitz of a Las Vegas casino. The Forge has won the International Grand Master Wine Award & was voted the No. one steak house in The united states by Wine Spectator in 1996.
They also developed Miami’s Sky Lake Country Club, Cricket Club & restaurant, Los angeles Club residences, shopping centers & several Coconut Grove restaurants, including Lady Bug, Honey for the Bears & My Other Place. They sold all of them & bought sexy resorts in the Poconos, with Champagne flowing in to heart-shaped bathtubs.