The mesmerizing biography of one of the world's richest, most intriguing women—philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra
In the early morning of December 3, 1999, Lily Safra stood shivering in her nightgown on the grounds outside her sumptuous Monte Carlo penthouse where, just hours before, her fourth husband, reclusive billionaire Edmond Safra, died in a fire. An American nurse employed by the Safra family was eventually convicted of the arson death. Overnight, Lily became one of the wealthiest widows in the world.
The Brazilian-born Lily Safra was no stranger to tragedy. In 1969, her second husband, the Brazilian multimillionaire Alfredo Monteverde, died from two gunshots to the chest. The Brazilian authorities ruled it a suicide. In 1989, her beloved eldest son and four-year-old grandson died in a car accident. But just who is Lily Safra? Despite having become a fixture in society columns for her generous charity work and lavish parties, the elegant and enigmatic widow has remained in the background.
Gilded Lily tells Lily Safra's story for the first time. Using archival sources, court documents, and interviews with childhood friends and former employees in South America, investigative journalist Isabel Vincent chronicle's Safra's rise from humble origins in Brazil to fabled wealth in London, New York, and Monaco.
Excellent book. This is a true story about The famous Lily Safra. Very interesting and you see a lot of the important characters of the 20th century she met. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jasmin d'été
Interesting world that others live in. Enjoyed how money changes everything and yet changes nothing about who the person is basically. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Dry as dust. Very little about the woman herself, which is the whole point, isn't it. Unless you want to learn about banking practices in DETAIL in the 1960s & 70s don't bother.Published 6 months ago by Lynda O. ADELSON
Absolutely fascinating! I took this book on holiday and couldn't put it down!Published 7 months ago by L Virtue
This is a fascinating read. At the end felt let down by the keystone kops description of the Monaco authorities and their role in the death of Mr. Safra. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Curious