10. Joseph Safra

“If you choose to sail upon the seas of banking, build your bank as you would your boat with the strength to sail safely through any storm.”

This quote is one of the defining statements of the Safra Group, as printed on the company’s website.

J-Connection: Banking magnate Joseph Safra was born in Aleppo, Syria to a Lebanese Jewish family with financial connections that date all the way back to the Ottoman Empire. The Safra family owned the First International Bank of Israel until 2003.