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Death of World’s Wealthiest Banker Thrusts Heirs Into Spotlight

  • Brazil’s Joseph Safra, worth $17.6 billion, died last week
  • Safra’s children already play central roles in the group
Joseph Safra on April 20, 2016. 

Joseph Safra on April 20, 2016. 

Photographer: Lionel Cironneau/AP

Joseph Safra became the world’s richest banker by transforming a Brazilian lender into a global multibillion-dollar empire.

Now, after a long illness and death at 82, it falls to the next Safra generation.