Denise Eisenberg Rich

Denise Eisenberg Rich
Denise Rich
Born January 26, 1944 (1944-01-26) (age 67)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Denise Eisenberg (maiden name)
Occupation Songwriter, philanthropist
Spouse Marc Rich (1966-1996 - divorced)

Denise Rich, née Eisenberg (born January 26, 1944, Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American songwriter, socialite, philanthropist, and political fundraiser.[1]



In 1984, Rich penned the lyrics to "Frankie", a hit in 1986 for the R&B group Sister Sledge.[1][2] Since then, she has written songs recorded by Phyllis Hyman, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson, Marc Anthony, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Diana Ross.[1][2][3] Her work has been nominated three times for Grammy Awards, most recently for the 1999 Aretha Franklin/Mary J. Blige duet "Don't Waste Your Time".[4]


Marc Rich and Denise Eisenberg met on a blind date, engineered by her father, wealthy shoe manufacturer Emil Eisenberg. They married in 1966 and had three children, Daniella, Ilona, and Gabrielle.[1][5][6] They divorced in 1996.[7]


Gabrielle Rich Aouad, Denise and Marc Rich's daughter, died of leukemia at age 27. As a result, Denise Rich and Philip Aouad, Gabrielle's widower, founded the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research.[2] It has since been renamed Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.[5][8]

Ex-husband's presidential pardon

Marc Rich received a controversial pardon from U.S. President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, Clinton's last day in office.[3] At a congressional hearing into whether the pardon was granted in exchange for Denise Rich's contributions to the U.S. Democratic Party and the Clinton Library, she invoked the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which denies Congress the authority to compel self-incrimination.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Her E. Side Life of Glitter Loses Its Luster", Corky Siemaszko, New York Daily News, January 25, 2001
  2. ^ a b c "Public Lives; Songwriter Who Doubles as Friend of Bill", Edward Wong, The New York Times, October 11, 2000
  3. ^ a b c "Lady Gatsby", Don Wallace, Yachting, May 2006
  4. ^ "Oh, That's Rich", Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly, March 2, 2001
  5. ^ a b "Joie de Vivre", Amen Wardy, Aspen, September 2008
  6. ^ "Fugitive Dinner", ""Page Six", New York Post, February 26, 2008
  7. ^ "Roger Clinton Subpoenaed To Testify About Pardons", Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times, April 16, 2001
  8. ^ Gabrielle's Angel Foundation home page

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