Safra, Edmond Jacob
▪ 2000

      Lebanese-born banker and philanthropist (b. Aug. 6, 1931, Aley (ʿAlayh), Lebanon—d. Dec. 3, 1999, Monte Carlo, Monaco), was one of the world's most prominent private bankers. Safra was one of nine children, the second of four sons, born into a family with deep roots in the banking business dating back to the Ottoman Empire. At an early age, Safra entered the family bank, Banque Jacob E. Safra in Beirut, Lebanon. Along with his brothers, he leveraged the strong banking reputation of the family name into Europe and Brazil. This legacy allowed him to open Trade Development Bank in Geneva, which he sold to American Express in 1983. In 1989 he settled a slander suit against American Express, which issued a public apology for attempting to malign his reputation and donated $8 million to charities of his choice. He founded Republic National Bank of New York in 1965. Safra was known for his professional discretion and conservative investment style. He had just completed the sale of the Republic National Bank group to Britain's HSBC Holdings PLC and was planning to retire when he died in a fire in his home, which was reportedly set by a troubled employee in an attempt to ingratiate himself by saving Safra.

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