A Banker’s Jour­ney: How Edmond J. Safra Built a Glob­al Finan­cial Empire

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June 8, 2021

Who was Edmond J. Safra? The great­est banker of his gen­er­a­tion,” in the esti­ma­tion of a for­mer World Bank Pres­i­dent. The founder of four mas­sive finan­cial insti­tu­tions on three con­ti­nents, and a proud child of Beirut’s Jew­ish quar­ter. An inno­v­a­tive avatar of finan­cial glob­al­iza­tion, and a faith­ful heir to a tra­di­tion of old-world bank­ing. The lead­ing cham­pi­on and pro­tec­tor of the Sephardic diaspora.

In A Banker’s Jour­ney, finan­cial jour­nal­ist and his­to­ri­an Daniel Gross, who, like Safra, traces his her­itage to Alep­po, Syr­ia, recon­structs the pub­lic life of an intense­ly pri­vate man. With exclu­sive access to Safra’s per­son­al archives, Gross tracks the banker’s remark­able jour­ney from Beirut to Milan, São Paulo, Gene­va, and New York — to the pin­na­cle of glob­al finance.

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