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Died at the age of 87, billionaire Lily Safra, widow of banker Edmond Safra

The cause of death was not reported; The socialite had a fortune of 1.3 billion dollars and was one of the richest women in the world

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Lily Safra died at the age of 87 in Geneva and had an estimated fortune of 1.3 billion dollars.

One of the richest women in the world, the billionaire from Rio Grande do Sul, Lily Safra, died at the age of 87. Geneva, this Saturday, 9. The cause of death is unknown. According to Forbes magazine’s annual list, he had a fortune of $1.3 billion (about $5 billion). The inheritance was inherited after the death of a man in an arson attack in Monaco. Safra was Lily’s fourth husband, whom she married in 1976. Previously, she was the wife of businessman Alfredo Monteverde, the founder of Ponto Frio, who was found dead in 1969 in his apartment with two gunshot wounds with gun. A widow, she inherited and took over the retailer’s business, but sold her stake to Grupo Pão de Açúcar (GPA) in 2009, which helped boost her capital.

Lily is the daughter of Russian immigrants and was born in Rio Grande do Sul. Despite being modest, the parents did not spare the education. From an early age, he learned to speak English and French. She liked to dress up and go to parties. It was in one of them that she met her first husband, the Argentinian Mario Cohen, whom she married at the age of 19. From this marriage he had three children: Adriana, Eduardo and Claudio, who died in a car accident in 1989. In 2008, Lily took part in what has so far been the world’s most expensive real estate transaction, selling the Villa Leopoldina mansion on the Côte d’Azur in southern France for $1.2 billion to a Russian billionaire. In belle époque style, it occupies an area of ​​80 thousand square meters, has an olive garden, in addition to lemon and orange trees. The Brazilian inherited the property in 1999 – before that, the mansion belonged to the Agnelli family, owners of Fiat.

In 2012, the widow held a charity auction of her jewelry, raising $37.5 million with a Christie’s brand organization. The money raised will be used in the search for a cure for rare diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, from which Safra suffered. In 2015, the widow won a lawsuit against the group because she felt wronged in the way the sale was paid for. At that time, the billionaire received another $212 million in compensation, in addition to interest and monetary corrections. Lily Safra will be buried on Monday, the 11th. at 10:00 in Geneva.

*With information from the State Agency

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