Born in 1939 in Aleppo, Syria
Citizenship: Lebanese, Brazilian; residence: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Net worth: US$ 20.8 B, self-made, industry: banking
Political compass: Uncertain
In his own words: ”I try to remain unknown as much as possible” – NYT 1988
Opinion shaping: 0
Key contributer to the Edmond J. Safra Foundation which works throughout 40 countries in a diverse manner, funding education; science and medicine; religion; and humanitarian assistance, culture, and social welfare.
“Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday (March 31, 2016) charged Joseph Safra, the world’s richest banker, in connection with an alleged scheme to pay bribes to government officials in return for waiving tax debts. In a statement, prosecutors said that Safra had knowledge of a 2014 plan by executives at his Banco Safra SA to pay 15.3 million reais ($4.2 million) in bribes to federal tax auditors. The accusation is based on tapped phone calls between Banco Safra executive João Inácio Puga and tax officials, the statement added.” (Reuters, 2016)