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

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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 nu
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books
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Fascinating story, but the writing was so flat and sucked much of the excitement and intrigue out of it.

Vincent had such rich (I couldn't resist!) material to work with here - the rags to riches story of Lily, FOUR husbands, TWO suspicious deaths, boat loads of money, family drama and mistrust, several accidents to family members that lent a Kennedy-esque feel to the whole thing, luxe parties on multiple continents - and I found myself feeling bored at times with this book.
The world may never know the truth of the mysterious deaths of Lily Safra's second and fourth husbands. For this book, Isabelle Vincent has assembled a large amount of material which helps the reader understand the facts and the legalities of both. Given the difficulty of even delivering a summons to this elusive widow, given her army of attorneys and experts, the question will remain open, perhaps forever.

Even if the Lily Safra is innocent of both deaths, she is no innocent. There are many peop
total trash couldn't resist-disappointed-good enough read but for all her research, I didn't really get much more than I had read in the papers, no conclusions-what do people think really happened-suggestions she has been shunned but all too oblique-need more-little about the children still living and too few recent pictures and too many of Benhadan. Vincent clearly has spent a tremendous amount of time doing research in the Brazilian courts, but I wonder if that was time well spent-
I'm not sure how to rate this. It's well-researched and Safra's story is undeniably a fascinating one, but the book reads like it was heavily edited by lawyers before publication. With that said, it's well-done and worth reading if you don't know the truly unbelievable story of Lily Safra.
As a Vanity Fair - Dominick Dunne junkie, I have always wondered about the mysterious Edmond and Lily Safra. The book is well-written and provides as much information as was possible to get about someone as discreet as Edmond Safra. A fast read. I enjoyed it tremendously and came away feeling very sad for Lily's children.
Theresa Taylor
This was an interesting read and certainly had me questioning what truly happened when her last husband died.
Easy, juicy read. Perfect for vacation.
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