Silas Aaron Hardoon

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Silas Aaron Hardoon

Also Known As: "Saleh"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Al-Amarah, Iraq
Death: June 19, 1931 (80)
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Immediate Family:

Son of Bais Aharon Abraham Hardoon
Husband of Jialing Hardoon
Father of Reuben Victor Hardoon; Unknown Loo; Nora H MacGregor; Daphne Eliz. Hardoon; Leo Wilson Hardoon and 12 others
Brother of Jacob Hardoon

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About Silas Aaron Hardoon

Educated in Bombay, he joined the firm of David Sassoon & Co., Ltd., switched to E. D. Sassoon & Co. and in 1911 launched into Shanghai real estate. He died worth $150,000,000, most of it representing properties on Shanghai's Fifth Avenue, Nanking Road known as "MingJiJiushi"

Silas’s first major independent real estate venture came with his marriage to Luo, i.e., several acres of land that she brought to the marriage (the latter apparently being a parting gift from her earlier French lover) which he, a year later in turn sold to Sassoon for joint development. The venture became a source of on-going dispute (especially between Luo and Mrs. Sassoon). Not coincidentally, Luo subsequently became Sila’s principal “spotter” for real estate opportunities and was probably the main factor behind the establishment of his own real estate development company in 1900 (14 years after they married) and his (second and final) departure from the Sassoon firm in 1911. He apparently left the David Sassoon firm 1882-1887/1888 to try his hand as an independent trader/broker, but had a difficult time competing with the British controlled trade, and returned to Sassoon about 1887/1888. In short, he pursued and married Luo when he was not employed by Sassoon.

There is a lot of anecdotal information (quite a bit of which is documented) about how Silas and Luo met, problems between Luo and the Sassoon family, how she and he were shunned by the British establishment (poor, Chinese and (worse) a half-breed marries non-conformist Jew), and much more about how the British establishment (including the Sassoon family) blocked or tried to block Silas Hardoon’s rise, how they tried to con him when building Nanjing Road, how he became aligned with the French establishment in Shanghai instead, so on and so forth.

Shànghai Exhibition Centre (Shànghai Zhánlan Zhongxin)

Built in 1955 with help from the Soviet Union (then a staunch communist ally), this somber, grandiose monument to socialist realism is yet another chapter in Shànghai's history of foreign architecture. Eye-catching on the outside, it's got a decaying air on the inside where there are regular uninteresting exhibits and a poorly displayed arts and crafts store. Before 1955, this was the site of the 10.5-hectare (26-acre) Hardoon Gardens, a colonial-era fantasy estate built by Jewish millionaire Silas Hardoon.

The Jews of Singapore - Joan Bieder

He served as life President of the Beth-Aron Synagogue and was a British Protected Person.

Before his death willed nearly all his fortune to his wife. Legal battles ensued with claimants to his estate bearing Hardoon name.
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Silas Aaron Hardoon's Timeline

Al-Amarah, Iraq
June 18, 1919
Age 68
Shanghai, China
October 18, 1924
Age 73
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
May 18, 1925
Age 74
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
January 7, 1926
Age 75
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Age 75
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
June 19, 1931
Age 80
Shanghai, Shanghai, China
Age 80
Shanghai, Shanghai, China