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IN MEMORIAM THE POWER LIST
Charles Wang, Computer Associates founder and former
CEO, New York Islanders former owner
From cofounding Computer Associates to owning the New
York Islanders and trying his hand at real estate development
in between, few people left as big a mark on Long Island as
Born in Shanghai, he was eight years old when his family
moved to New York. In 1976, then-31-year-old Wang founded
the soft ware company that made his fortune before retiring in
2002. Around the same time as his career was winding down,
he bought the Islanders and set his sights on restoring the
team to its former Stanley Cup-winning glory. Ultimately, his
attempt was as frustrated as his eff orts to build The Lighthouse
Project, a failed proposal for a $1 billion mixed-use development
surrounding Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
For his many achievements, which include a bevy of philanthropic
contributions, he was inducted into the Long Island
Press Power List Hall of Fame in 2008. Years later, aft er more
of Wang’s eff orts to get the Islanders' home renovated foundered,
he moved the team to the Brooklyn Barclays Center
and sold his majority stake in the team, which is moving to a
new arena at Belmont Park in Elmont.
Wang passed away on Oct. 21, 2018 at his Oyster Bay home
following a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.
New York Islanders Owner Charles Wang. (Photo by
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Paule Pachter, Chief Executive Officer
as an inductee in the Long Island Press’ 2018 Power List of influential Long Island Leaders.
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