One of the richest women in the world, billionaire Lili Safra (9), died this Saturday in Geneva at the age of 87. The cause of death is not reported. The funeral will take place on Monday (11) at 10 am in Geneva.
The former wife of banker Edmond Safra, who died in 1999, the widow was worth US$1.3 billion (about R$5 billion), according to Forbes magazine’s annual list. The property was an inheritance left by Safra, who died in an arson attack in Monaco; At the time, the case fueled conspiracy theories, but the nurse who cared for the billionaire was found guilty of the death.
Safran was Lily’s fourth husband, whom she married in 1976. She was previously married to businessman Alfredo Monteverde, founder of Ponto Frio, and was found dead of two gunshot wounds in her own apartment in 1969. Then the widow received an inheritance and took over the retailer’s business.
In 2009, Lilly sold its stake in Ponto Frio to Grupo Pão de Açúcar (GPA) for R$824.5 million, which helped increase its equity capital. In 2015, a widow won a lawsuit against the band for feeling wronged by the way sales were paid. At that time, the billionaire took another 212 million rials in compensation, in addition to interest and monetary corrections.
Lily is the daughter of Russian immigrants and was born in Rio Grande do Sul. Despite being modest, his parents spared no expense on education. He learned to speak English and French from an early age. She liked to dress elegantly and go to parties. It was in one of them that she met her first husband, Argentinean Mario Cohen, whom she married at the age of 19. She had three children from this marriage: Adriana, Eduardo and Claudio, who died in a car accident in 1989.
In 2008, Lilly participated in the world’s most expensive real estate transaction to date, selling the Vila Leopoldina mansion on the French Riviera in southern France to a Russian billionaire for $1.2 billion. in style belle époque, covers an area of 80,000 square meters, has an olive grove, in addition to lemon and orange trees. The Brazilian inherited the property in 1999, before the mansion belonged to the Fiat owner Agnelli family.
In 2012, the widow held a charity auction of her jewelry, collecting 37.5 million US dollars organized by the Christie’s brand. The money raised will be used to treat rare diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, which Safra suffered from.