Net Worth: $19.9BAge: 81Country/Territory: BrazilSource: BankingIndustries: Finance & Investments
Joseph Safra, a descendant of a banking family from Syria, is the world’s richest banker. In Brazil he owns Banco Safra, the country’s 8th largest bank, while in Switzerland he owns J. Safra Sarasin, a bank created in a merger in 2013. His oldest son, Jacob, is responsible for J. Safra Sarasin, Safra National Bank of New York and real estate holdings across the U.S. His son David manages Banco Safra in Brazil; his son Alberto left the bank’s board of directors in October 2019. He also owns 50% of banana grower Chiquita Brands International; the other 50% is owned by Brazilian orange juice billionaire Jose Cutrale.