We're saddened to learn of the passing of George Subraj yesterday, November 17th at age 71. George was a philanthropist, businessperson, and a leader in promoting Indo-Caribbean culture in New York and abroad.
Among many accomplishments, George will be remembered for pioneering life-saving kidney transplant surgery in Guyana, for funding numerous educational initiatives including a new computer laboratory at Richmond Hill High School in Queens, NY just a few months ago, and of course, for building a sprawling real estate empire in Queens and Long Island as President of Zara Realty Holding.
George and the Subraj family are friends of Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc. In 2014 at our annual gala, we awarded the three brothers, Ken, Jay and George, with a Business Leadership Award. At the time, George was supposed to attend the ceremony but made a midnight decision to go on a trip to Guyana instead to support a group of children who were getting heart surgery the next day. This was his way of celebrating his recognition, by continuing to be hands-on with his philanthropic work.
Our condolences to the entire Subraj family, employees and supporters.
Board of Directors
Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc.
Here's a re-post of George's biography from our 2014 gala:
President, Zara Realty Holding Corporation
Business Leadership Award
George Subraj's success began in the 1980’s when he and his brothers purchased a 44-unit apartment complex. He began renovating and upgrading the facility himself to make it “Clean, Safe, Comfortable and Affordable”, a mantra he developed to drive his business. Today, as President of Zara Realty Holding Corporation, George and his family have developed dozens of apartment complexes housing thousands of families and providing employment to over 200 individuals. George takes particular pride in the impact his investments have made in improving the quality of life for residents and in driving
economic development in Queens.
George is the fourth of ten children and was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He moved to the United States in 1971 where he attended the Midtown School of Business in the evening while working during the day. He has received numerous awards including a US Army and Navy Medal and Commendation, a New York City Council Member Award and a Medal of Service from the Government of Guyana, the fifth highest award of the Order of Service of Guyana.
George and his brothers, Ken and Jay, are perhaps best known for their philanthropy. In 2008, George sponsored a team of doctors from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to conduct the first kidney transplant in Guyana on an 18 year old. By 2013, they had funded 21 kidney transplants in Guyana. In 2010, they also funded the introduction of Pediatric Heart Surgery in Guyana. The brothers have funded the construction and outfitting of computer labs in Guyana and in New York, upgraded Mandirs with elevators to assist the elderly and disabled in addition to undertaking major blood drives for New York Hospital in Queens.