Always A Fighter

Asher Benator advanced from Golden Gloves competitions to real estate

As a 6-year-old, Asher Isaac Benator sold shopping bags for 5 cents apiece in front of Rich’s department store in downtown Atlanta. Today he heads a group that purchased part of that same building (which morphed from Rich’s to Macy’s) for $30 million.

Benator grew up during the Depression on downtrodden Central Avenue. Today he is 77 years old and lives in Dunwoody. Not bad for a boy who with his three brothers – Morris, Max and Johnny – sold Atlanta’s daily newspapers to help put food on the table.

This is the same Asher Benator who won the state and Southeastern flyweight Golden Gloves championships in 1949 at age 18, the Southeastern Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) flyweight title and reached the quarterfinals of the National AAU championships.

Benator was probably the best fighter to come out of Georgia since the days of Young Stribling and Ben Brown. In 36 fights, his only loss was at the AAU Nationals.

Although he could have turned pro, Benator wanted a college education. He enrolled at Oglethorpe University and later transferred to Georgia State where he received a business degree.

He is now a major player in the real estate business in Georgia and in Honduras. Benator is a community leader as well, having served as president of his synagogue, commander of Jewish War Veterans Post 112, board chairman of the Butler Street YMCA, and past director of the old Atlanta Boys Club.

He has been married to the former Grace Levy for 55 years. They have two sons and one daughter.

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