Khedouri Zilkha

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Khedouri Zilkha
Born 1884
Baghdad, Iraq
Died 1956
New York City, US
Nationality Iraqi
Occupation Banker
Spouse(s) Louise (Bashi) Zilkha
Children Ezra Zilkha
Selim Zilkha
Maurice Zilkha
Abdullah Zilkha
Helene Zilkha
Hanina Zilkha
Bertie Zilkha
Parent(s) Aboudi Zilkha
Hannah Shasha

Khedouri Aboody Zilkha (1884–1956) was an Iraqi-Jewish banker.

Early life[edit]

Khedouri Zilkha was born in Baghdad in 1884[1] (or 1886),[2] the only son of the textile merchant Aboudi Zilkha[1] (1862–1904).[citation needed]


He started as a banker in Baghdad in 1902, founding Zilkha Bank, and gradually expanded to Beirut (Banque Zilkha), Damascus, Cairo, Alexandria, Geneva, New York, Paris and the Far East.[1][2]

In 1941[3] or 1942, he emigrated to New York and died there in 1956.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Louise (Bashi) Zilkha[3] and had four sons and three daughters:[4]


His son Ezra established in his father's memory the Khedouri Zilkha Fund for the Study of the History of Jewish Civilization in the Near East at Princeton University.[5] The fund supports a professorship, the current holder of which is Abraham Udovitch.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Zilkha Family". Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Basri, Meer. "Prominent Iraqi Jews of recent times". dangoor. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, J.T. White, 1967. p. 421
  4. ^ Berman, Phyllis (23 February 1998). "From Baghdad to Bel Air". Forbes. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  5. ^ University, Issues 75-81, Princeton University, 1978, p.19.
  6. ^ "Display Person - Department of Near Eastern Studies". Retrieved 10 September 2016. 

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