Barbara Davis

Barbara Davis (née Levine) is an American philanthropist, billionaire, and widow of Marvin Davis.


Early life

Born Barbara Levine in New York City,[1][2] she graduated from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, in 1951.[2]


In 1977, she established the Children's Diabetes Foundation.[2][3] Since 1978, she has organized the black-tie, invitation-only Carousel of Hope Ball every two years to raise money for juvenile diabetes.[2][3][4][5] In particular, the proceeds go to the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in Aurora, Colorado and the Children's Diabetes Foundation.[4]

She also serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, the Race to Erase MS in Los Angeles, California and the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.[2] Additionally, she is a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel of the Los Angeles Music Center.[2]

In November, 1992, she received the 1992 Promise Ball Humanitarian Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International in New York City (JDRF).[2] In 1995, she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Colorado.[2] In 2004, she received the Angel Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Los Angeles.[2]

Personal life

She married Marvin Davis (1925–2004) in 1951.[2][3][4][5] They had five children:

  • Patricia Davis Raynes.[5][6]
  • John Davis.[5][6]
  • Nancy Davis Rickel (married Nebil Zarif; they had three sons: actor Jason Davis (1984-2020), Brandon Davis and Alexander Davis; they divorced and she remarried to Ken Rickel; they had two daughters: Isabella Rickel and Mariella Rickel).[5][6]
  • (married actress Kim Richards; they had two children: Whitney Davis (born 1990) and Chad Davis (born 1991); they later divorced).[5][6]
  • Dana Davis.[5][6]

They resided in Denver, Colorado, from 1951 to 1985.[2][4][5] In 1985, they moved to , an estate in Beverly Hills, California.[2][5][6] Shortly after his death, she sold it for $46 million and moved into a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[3][6] Additionally, in 2011 she listed a condominium she owned in the Wilshire Corridor in Westwood, Los Angeles.[7]

In 2006, she was worth $2.5 billion.[6]


  1. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (August 4, 2016). "Barbara Davis Keeps the Carousel of Hope Charity Ball Turning". Variety.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Children's Diabetes Foundation
  3. ^ a b c d Fred Schruers, Table-Hopping With...Barbara Davis, W, February 2012
  4. ^ a b c d Brook Barnes, Tough Times No Deterrent for This Ball, The New York Times, October 22, 2010
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Obituaries: Marvin Davis, The New York Times, Accessed May 24, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Billionaires: #292 Barbara Davis & family, Forbes
  7. ^ Lauren Beale, Barbara Davis puts Wilshire Corridor condo on the market, The Los Angeles Times, July 05, 2011