Vicky Safra is the wealthiest Greek woman in the world according to Forbes. Following the death of her husband Joseph Safra in December 2020, she became the matriarch of the massive Safra fortune.
The story of the wealthiest Greek woman on Earth
Safra, whose maiden name was Sarfaty, married Joseph Safra when she was only 17. Her family had emigrated from Greece to Brazil in the 1950s when she was still a child, and she met her future husband there.
The Safra family made the first of their money in banking in the 1840s. They set up Safra Freres & Cie in Aleppo, Syria, to finance camel trade caravans during the Ottoman Empire.
Jacob Safra moved the family to Brazil in 1953. There, he started a company to trade in metals, machinery and cattle, and later created a bank. Joseph Safra, his youngest son, was studying in England when the family relocated to Brazil. He met Vicky Safra after rejoining them there.
They fell in love at first sight, according to reports, and went on to have a very long and successful marriage. The Safras had four children and now have 14 grandchildren.