Barry Lipman

Founder of the Lipman Family Prize at the Wharton School; Former Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman
Wharton alumni

In 1981, Barry helped found Goldfarb & Lipman, a San Francisco Bay Area legal firm specializing in real estate law. Much of his practice required innovative solutions for unique problems. For example, one project, Savo Island, resulted in the formation of what is believed to be the nation’s first limited equity cooperative, thereby enabling low-income people to obtain the benefits and responsibilities of home ownership in the expensive Bay Area housing market. Further, he was a leader in the development of legal concepts used in multi-use vertical subdivisions, live-work subdivisions, and life-care residential projects.

Barry’s time is now spent as an investor and philanthropist. He is currently involved in several business ventures including serving on three for-profit boards. Throughout his career, Barry has volunteered his time and financial resource to support numerous educational, cultural, and social responsibility non-profit organizations. He has served on the boards of The Hamlin School, the San Francisco Zoological Society, San Francisco University High School, and the Homeless Prenatal Program.

Barry graduated from Wharton in 1970 and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in 1975. His hobby is travel and his goal is to visit at least one hundred countries in his lifetime. Presently, he is more than half way there.

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is an annual global prize that celebrates leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact. We are committed to resourcing and connecting change-makers to bring innovative ideas to new places and problems around the world.

Governed by a steering committee comprised of University faculty, staff, and Lipman family representatives, the Lipman Family Prize is administered by the Wharton School on behalf of the University of Pennsylvania. The work of the Prize and the management of the Fellow Community resides within the Wharton Leadership Program.

Past Appearances

Leadership in Action: April 27, 2017

Hosts Anne Greenhalgh and Jeff Klein are joined by Barry Lipman (Founder of the Lipman Family Prize at the Wharton School; Former Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman), Jeannine Lisitski (Executive Director, President, Women Against Abuse, Inc (WAA)), Nina Dudnik (Founder, CEO, Seeding Labs), and Laura Stachel (Co-Founder, Executive Director, We Care Solar) on the Thursday, April 27, 2017 edition of Leadership in Action.Read More

Air Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017


On Wharton Business Radio

The 2019 Lipman Family Prize Honorees Episode Featured ImageThe 2019 Lipman Family Prize Honorees

We are featuring the 2019 Lipman Family Prize honorees on this special edition of the show, including an interview with founder philanthropist Barry Lipman. Learn more at

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