Harry Fath

Fifty years ago, as a young lawyer, Harry Fath bought a six-unit apartment building. Following his entrepreneurial spirit, he continued to buy apartments and eventually gave up law and devoted his time to developing Fath Properties which now includes 27 properties with over 7,500 units.

He has devoted himself to community service for the last 25 years in addition to his day job. He has been President of the Opera, served on the Board and Executive Committee of CISE, Cincinnati Symphony, Cincinnati Art Museum, Taft Museum of Art, and has been a generous contributor to the Cincinnati Zoo, Parks, Arts, CISE, Lighthouse Youth Services and many other community organizations. Most recently Harry and Linda pledged 10 million as the lead giver to a 50 million dollar capital campaign for scholarships to St. Xavier High School. Many years ago Harry initiated the renovation of Music Hall and is a major contributor and committed to that project moving forward. One of the many other things Harry and Linda support is Mercy Ships—a state-of-the-art hospital that serves African residents with no access to medical services.

Harry was awarded the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year with Lighthouse Youth Services, the 2010 Gentlemen of Style & Substance, and was recognized as the 2001 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He and his wife Linda have four children.


  • University of Cincinnati Foundation Member
  • Cincinnati Opera Board Member,1995–present; President of the Board, 2003–2006; Chairman of the Board, 2007–2010
  • Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) Executive Committee, Board and Advisory Member, 1998–present; Chairman of the 20M Capital Campaign
  • University of Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council, 2000–present
  • American Friends of the Louvre
  • Alexis de Tocqueville Society Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Cincinnati Art Museum Board of Trustees, Executive Committee (2005–2011)
  • Taft Museum Board Member, 2000–2004
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Board of Trustees, 2000–2004
  • Boys Hope/Girls Hope Advisory Board
  • Greater Cincinnati Apartment Association, Founder and Past President
  • On-going fundraising for schools, arts, zoo and other community projects


  • Humanitarian of the Year—Lighthouse Youth Services, 2012
  • Gentlemen of Style & Substance Award, 2010
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Cincinnatians of the Year, 2009
  • St. Xavier High School Insignis Recepient, 2008
  • Scripps-Corbett Award of Excellence, 2008
  • Artlinks Connecting Kids to Arts, 2006
  • University of Cincinnati Distinguished Real Estate Service Award, 2005
  • Cincinnati Post-Corbett Award Finalist, 2005
  • Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2001
  • Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Apartment Association Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000
  • Deloitte and Cincinnati Enquirer Greater Cincinnati 100


  • Cincinnati Commonwealth Club
  • Cincinnati Country Club, OH
  • Hyde Park Country Club, Cincinnati, OH
  • Queen City Club, Cincinnati, OH
  • Birchwood Country Club, Harbor Springs, MI
  • Harbor Point Golf Club, MI
  • True North Country Club, Harbor Springs, MI
  • Eldorado Country Club, Indian Wells, CA
  • The Reserve Club, Indian Wells, CA