Edmund Safra was considered by many the greatest banker of the second half of the twentieth century. Despite his public achievements building a global financial empire, Safra remained a very private man and to many, a mystery. Why? You’ll soon hear from my guest today, Daniel Gross, who masterfully reconstructed Safra’s life in a book that highlights Mr. Safra’s timeless banking principles, his commitment to Jewish values, like charity, education, honesty, truth and more.
Daniel Gross is one of the most widely-read authors on finance, economics and business history. Over the last three decades he’s reported from more than thirty countries covering major news stories in the financial world. Gross worked as a reporter at The New Republic, and Bloomberg News, wrote the “Economic View” column in The New York Times, and served as Slate’s “Moneybox” columnist. At Newsweek, where he was a columnist and correspondent, he authored seven cover stories.
He’s a frequent guest on television and radio.
Daniel Gross is also the bestselling author of eight books, including Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time; Dumb Money: How America’s Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation; and Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy.
I confess I couldn’t put Dan’s latest book down – A Banker’s Journey: How Edmond J. Safra Built a Global Financial Empire. It is phenomenal. Today, I have the pleasure to speak with Daniel about this slight departure from his traditional work, the personal impetus to write this book, and of course the life, the genius, and the legacy of Mr. Edmond Safra. Here’s Daniel Gross.