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Ezra Zilkha

Birthplace: Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Death: October 02, 2019 (94)
New York, NY, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Kehdore Aboody Zilkha and Louise Zilkha
Husband of Private
Father of Donald Elias Zilkha; Bettina Zilkha and Private
Brother of Abdullah Zilkha; Hélène Simon; Maurice Zilkha; Hanina Zilkha Shasha; Private User and 1 other

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About Ezra Zilkha

Ezra Khedouri Zilkha (July 31, 1925 – October 2, 2019) was an American financier and philanthropist.

Early life

Ezra Zilkha was born on July 31, 1925, in Baghdad, the son of the banker Khedouri Zilkha. He grew up in Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, and New York City.


Zilkha worked for the family's banking businesses in Hong Kong, London, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Paris, before working for various companies in the US, In 1985, his net worth was estimated at US$150 million. and Zilkha was in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans.

He was president of Zilkha & Sons from 1956, president of Intermediate Corporation from 1991.


His philanthropy especially in education, the arts and for the disabled, was "formidable". He was a trustee of the International Center for the Disabled and The American Society of the French Legion of Honor, a trustee emeritus of Wesleyan University, and an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution.

Personal life

In February 1950, he married Cecile Iny, and they had three children, Donald, Donna, and Bettina.

Zilkha died at home, on October 2, 2019.

From "A Living Legend With An Eye Focused on History" Lunch at the Four Seasons By PRANAY GUPTE, Special to the Sun | April 11, 2006

Ezra Zilkha's journey to the storied boardrooms of Manhattan from the fabled Babylon of Nebuchadnezzar II has taken 2,600 years.

"I am always conscious of history," the financier and investor said yesterday. "My sensibilities are rooted in antiquity."

He can trace his personal history to the era of the Chaldean Dynasty, whose scions - most notably Nebuchadnezzar II - conquered Jerusalem some six centuries before Christ and took Jews to their kingdom in Babylon, now part of Iraq.

"My family were proud members of the Jewish community that Nebuchadnezzar established," Mr. Zilkha, who was born in Baghdad, said. "When the Babylonian Captivity ended and many Jews returned to Jerusalem, my ancestors stayed behind."

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Ezra Zilkha's Timeline

July 31, 1925
Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
New York, New York, United States
June 15, 1959
New York, NY, United States
October 2, 2019
Age 94
New York, NY, United States