Moise Safra

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Moise Yacoub Safra
Born(1934-04-05)April 5, 1934
Aleppo, Syria[1]
DiedJune 15, 2014(2014-06-15) (aged 80)
OccupationBanker, philanthropist
Spouse(s)Chella (née Cohen,[2]
ChildrenJacob Moise Safra
Esther Safra
Edmond M. Safra
Ezra M. Safra
Olga Safra.[3]

Moise Yacoub Safra (Arabic: موسى صفرا‎ ; April 5, 1934 – June 15, 2014) was a Brazilian businessman and philanthropist. He co-founded Banco Safra with his brothers Edmond Safra and Joseph Safra.


Early life[edit]

Moise Safra was born on April 5, 1934, into a family of affluent Jewish bankers, in Aleppo, Syria.[1] The family's history in banking originated with caravan trade between Alexandria and Constantinople during the Ottoman Empire. The family relocated to Beirut after the Second World War as Beirut was home to an already thriving Jewish community.[1] Eventually, the Safras decided to move to Brazil in 1952. In 1955, Moise's 23-year-old brother, Edmond Safra, and their father, Jacob Safra, started working in Brazil by financing letters of credit for trade in São Paulo.[1]


He established himself in Brazil where he acquired citizenship and founded Banco Safra with his brothers Edmond and Joseph Safra.[1] He was also a prominent Jewish philanthropist.[1]


He died on June 14, 2014, reportedly from heart failure at the age of 80.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Brazilian Jewish philanthropist Moise Safra passes away, World Jewish Congress,[1] June 17, 2014
  2. ^ Judy Maltz. "World Jewish Congress elects new members to governing board". Haaretz. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ "New chair enlarges, enhances FAS". Harvard University. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Moise Safra, Brazilian Billionaire Banker, Dead At 80". Forbes. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-06-16.

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