Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows

Gilded Lily: Lily Safra: The Making of One of the World's Wealthiest Widows

by Isabel Vincent

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061133930
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Isabel Vincent is an award-winning investigative journalist currently working for the New York Post. She is the author of Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced into Prostitution in the Americas; Hitler's Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold, and the Pursuit of Justice; and See No Evil: The Strange Case of Christine Lamont and David Spencer. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times "T" Magazine, the Independent, Marie Claire, L'Officiel (Paris), and many other international publications. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: "The Plot of a Great Novel" 1

1 "The Most Elegant Girl" 17

2 "Everything in Its Place" 37

3 "She Behaved Beautifully" 65

4 "Edmond Said He Would Fix Everything" 97

5 Two Weddings 131

6 "The Billionaires' Club" 165

7 "When 1 Give Lily a Dollar, Lily Spends Two Dollars" 203

8 "Not Our Fault" 227

9 "Years of Sorrow and Days of Despair" 251

Epilogue: "We Know everything and We Know Nothing" 275

Acknowledgments 293

Notes 299

Index 317

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