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Joseph Safra

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob E. Safra and Esther Safra
Husband of <private> Safra (Sarfati)
Father of <private> Dayan (Safra); <private> Safra; <private> Safra and <private> Safra
Brother of Elie Safra; Evelyne Nasser; Edmond Jacob Safra; Moise Yacoub Safra; <private> Michaan (Safra) and 3 others

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About Joseph Safra

Joseph Safra (born 1939) is a Brazilian banker who runs the Brazilian banking and investment empire, Safra Group. He serves as the chairman of all Safra companies, among them Safra National Bank of New York and Banco Safra headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.

Early life

Joseph Safra was born in Aleppo, Syria, to a Jewish Lebanese family with banking connections dating back to Ottoman times, and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. The family's history in banking originated with caravan trade between Beirut, Aleppo, Alexandria and Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire.

The Safra family moved to Brazil in 1952. In 1955, Joseph's 23-year-old brother, Edmond Safra, and his father, Jacob Safra, started working in Brazil by financing assets in São Paulo. But soon, Edmond Safra separated from his brothers Joseph and Moise and headed to New York where he founded the Republic National Bank of New York (which he later sold to HSBC in 1999 and donated most of his money to the Edmond Safra Foundation). Joseph Safra founded Banco Safra in 1955 and today it is reportedly the 6th largest private bank in Brazil. He remains the chairman of the Safra Group offering banking services throughout Europe, North and South America.

Joseph Safra acquired the remaining shares of Safra Group companies from his brother Moise Safra. The two brothers maintain a shareholding in Fibria Cellulose. He has four children: Jacob J. Safra, Esther Safra Dayan, Alberto J. Safra, David J. Safra.

Business holdings

  • Fibria Cellulose
  • Banco Safra
  • Bank Jacob Safra Switzerland
  • Safra Group
  • Safra National Bank of New York
  • Chiquita
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Joseph Safra's Timeline

Beirut, Lebanon