Jonah Shacknai Bio, Age, Wife, Max’s Death, Rebecca Zahau, Medicis

Jonah Shacknai is an American Entrepreneur who is known as the founder and CEO of a Pharmaceutical Company known as Medics.

Jonah Shacknai Biography

Jonah Shacknai is an American Entrepreneur who is known as the founder and CEO of a Pharmaceutical Company known as Medics.

Jonah is also known for being the father of Max Shacknai, a six-year-old kid who mysteriously died while in the care of his late girlfriend Rebecca Zahau.

Jonah currently serves as the Chairman of the Board at Illustris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has also been a Director of Healthworld Corporation since November 1997 and Obalon Therapeutics, Inc since January 12, 2017.

Jonah Shacknai Early Life and Childhood

Jonah was born in Suffern, New York and lived on the east coast for many years before moving out west.

He graduated from Colgate University where he earned a Bachelor in Science. He later attended Georgetown University where he received his Juris Doctor.

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Jonah Shacknai Wife

Jonah has been married twice. He was first married to Kimberly James but their marriage resulted in a divorce.

It was followed by a three-year custody battle between 1998 and 2001 involving the couple’s two children.

He later married Dina Romano and the couple had a son together, named Maxfield Aaron “Max” Shacknai, born on June 7, 2005.

Their marriage ended after ongoing claims of violent domestic abuse from both parties. They divorced in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Jonah Shacknai Max’s Death

On July 11, 2011, while at the care of Rebecca Zahau, Jonah’s girlfriend at the time, Max, Jonah’s son, was found unconscious at their Coronado mansion.

Max had fallen over a second-floor banister. He fell face-first, suffering injuries to his spinal cord and facial bones, the former of which affected his heart rate and breathing.

Zahau was in the house along with her teenage sister Xena when Max fell. Zahau said she was in the bathroom at the time and she found Max moments later and her younger sister called 911.

Max was not breathing and was unresponsive. He was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital and he died four days later on July 16, 2011. His death was due to brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation resulting from his injuries.

Investigators speculated he may have tripped over a ball or the dog. On July 2016, his death was ruled an accident.

Jonah Shacknai Rebecca Zahau

Two days after the death of Jonah’s son, Max, Zahau, Jonah’s girlfriend, was found dead in the same mansion. At the time, Jonah and his ex-wife, were at the hospital looking after their dying son when they received the news about the death of Zahau.

Jonah’s brother, Adam Shacknai, is the one said to have found Zahau. He stated that he found her nude, hanging from a balcony, with her wrists and ankles bound, hands behind her back, at roughly 6:45 AM on the morning of July 13.

He then called 911 at 6:48 AM, and then sent a text message to his brother to inform him of the news. He later cut the body down prior to police’s arrival.

Zahau was gagged with a blue, long sleeve T-shirt wrapped around her head with the sleeves double knotted and stuffed into her mouth. There also seemed to tape residue on her legs.

Medics attempted to revive her but pronounced her dead at the scene. The police initiated forensic and toxicology testing on her body as part of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Speculations of foul play began early on in the case; however, investigators were unable to find any other DNA at the scene besides Zahau’s.

On September 2011, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department formally announced their finding that Zahau committed suicide.

Jonah Shacknai Career

House of Representatives

Jonah served as chief aide to the House of Representatives’ committee with for health policy and in other senior legislative positions from 1977 until late 1982.

During that time, he drafted significant legislation affecting health care, environmental protection, science policy, and consumer protection.

From 1983 to 1986 was an Executive of Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc. prior to its acquisition by Schering Plough Corp.

Later from 1982 to 1988, he was the senior partner in the law firm of Royer, Shacknai, and Mehle.

Jonah Shacknai Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp

Jonah founded Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. and served as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 to December 11, 2012.

He later sold Medicis Pharmaceutical in 2012 to another company for $2.6billion.

He represented ver 30 multinational pharmaceutical and medical device concerns, as well as four major industry trade associations.

Jonah currently serves as the Chairman of the Board at Illustris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He serves as Co-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Campaign for TobaccoFree Kids.  He is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and President of the MaxInMotion® Foundation.

In addition, he is the Director of the Southwest Autism Research Center and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Public Radio Foundation. He was also a Member of the Commission on the Federal Drug Approval Process and the National Council on Drugs.

Jonah also serves as the President and Director of the Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation, a ranch centered around special needs children.

He is also an Honorary Director of Delta Society, a public service organization promoting animal-human bonds.

Jonah Shacknai Awards and Recognitions

In 1997, Jonah received the Arizona Entrepreneur of the Year award and was one of three national finalists for U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year.

He was selected to serve on the Listed Company Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange (LCAC) in November 1999.

Later in the fall of 2001, he received the national award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge®. In January 2000, Jonah was selected as Entrepreneurial Fellow at the Karl Eller Center of the University of Arizona.

He was honored with a Doctorate of Humane Letters by the NYCPM (an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons) in May 2002.