Jacqui (Jacob) Eli Safra (born c. 1940) is a billionaire investor from Geneva. He is a descendant of the Syrian[1][2][3] Lebanese-Swiss Jewish Safra banking family.[4]

Jacqui Safra
Jacob Eli Safra

1940 (age 83–84)
PartnerJean Doumanian
Parent(s)Yvette Dabbah Safra
Elie Safra
FamilyEdmond Safra (uncle)
Moise Safra (uncle)
Joseph Safra (uncle)
Jacob Safra (grandfather)

Biography edit

Jacqui Eli Safra is the son of Elie Safra (1922–1993) and Yvette Dabbah (1927–2006) and the nephew of Edmond Safra. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and worked in various positions at the Republic National Bank of New York.[5]

Some of Safra's investments include[6] Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., Spring Mountain Vineyard (Saint Helena, California), Parknasilla Hotel and neighbouring Garinish Island (both near Sneem, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland).[7][8]

Filmography edit

Under the name J.E. Beaucaire (the name of the character played by Bob Hope in the film Monsieur Beaucaire), Safra appeared in minor roles in three movies and financed eight Woody Allen films through a production company, Sweetland Films, run with his long-time girlfriend Jean Doumanian, a former close friend of Allen.[9][10]

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References edit

  1. ^ Brigham, William (2019-07-31). Historical Dictionary of Woody Allen. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-5381-2020-0.
  2. ^ Ehrlich, M. Avrum (2009). Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-85109-873-6.
  3. ^ Shaked, Gershon (1993). HebreWriters: A General Directory. Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature.
  4. ^ Robert Kolker. "Shadows And Fog". New York Magazine. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  5. ^ Charles Lyons. "Safra: Woody's claim lame". Variety. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  6. ^ Unknown. "Chateau Chevalier in the spotlight: Jacqui Safra" (PDF). Gold Series Wine Press. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Sheen Falls poised for sale". 10 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Parknasilla Hotel revenues likely to rise by 6%". 17 May 2017.
  9. ^ Calderone, Michael. "Jaqui Safra Asks $50 Million For East Side House". New York Observer. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  10. ^ Smith, Dinitia (November 9, 1997). "Woody Allen's Best (Hence Very Secretive) Friend". The New York Times.

Additional references edit

  • Weinraub, Bernard. (June 11, 2001). "A Friendship Founders Over Suit by Woody Allen". The New York Times, p. 1.
  • Claffey, Mike & Goldiner, Dave. (June 6, 2002). "Judge Backhands Woody's Rival". Daily News (New York), p. 8.
  • Claffey, Mike & Goldiner, Dave. (June 7, 2002). "Woody's Backer Admits to Some Overcharging". Daily News (New York), p. 4.
  • Wapshott, Nicholas. (June 7, 2002). "To the jury, Woody Allen's former friend Jean Doumanian must appear scheming and grasping, while the diminutive comic seems a classic dupe" The Times (London).

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