Richest woman in Israel has visions, gets messages 'from above'

The richest woman in Israel, Shari Arison, has visions and receives messages "from above," although Arison said they don't influence how she runs her companies.

"I get a picture, I can feel it. If it's fire, I feel like I'm burning. If people are dying I feel pain," Reuters quoted Arison as saying in an interview with Channel Two in Tel Aviv.

The Israeli-American Arison and her brother inherited billions of dollars from her late father Ted Arison, who founded Carnival Corp., the world's biggest cruise ship operator.
She is the controlling shareholder in Bank Hapoalim and controls Housing and Construction, Israel's biggest construction company. She said she has no active role wih Hapoalim and doesn't let her visions interfere with the running of the bank.

"The bank is managed very professionally, there's a chairman and a board and everything is done according to law," she said. "It's not my visions that run the bank, that's ridiculous ... there's nothing to be worried about."

Still, shares of Hapoalim, Israel's second-largest bank, rose 1.6% on Sunday when the interview aired.

The messages do influence her personal decisions on he assets, she said.

Arison said she received a message not to sell the Housing and Construction business "because with this company I could make a difference with sustainable building."

The good news is that the messages have told her the world is getting better.

"For the past year I've been seeing peace and happiness," she said. "I don't know when that will happen. I know I have a role to tell people ... Everyone has to make it happen."

For the economy's sake, let's hope she's talking about the end of the global financial meltdown.
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