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Mr Five Per Cent: The many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world’s richest man

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  8 reviews
When Calouste Gulbenkian died in 1955 at the age of 86, he was the richest man in the world, known as 'Mr Five Per Cent' for his personal share of Middle East oil. The son of a wealthy Armenian merchant in Istanbul, for half a century he brokered top-level oil deals, concealing his mysterious web of business interests and contacts within a labyrinth of Asian and European c ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Profile Books (first published January 3rd 2019)
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Rita
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Oil, oil, oil... oh, wait, gulbenkian! Oil, oil, a little bit of art and... oil!
Encruzilhadas Literárias
Alguém já foi ver a exposição sobre Calouste Gulbenkian à Fundação? Do lado de cá, decidi aguardar até escrever opinião deste livro. Talvez por desconhecimento, as assunções que sempre tive por esta personalidade ,passavam pela arte e pelo conhecimento (e assim se vê o quão arreigado está o trabalho desenvolvido pela Fundação).
Foi por isso uma surpresa enveredar pela vida deste homem, de muitas vidas e mil caras, de trato suis generis, e uma forma muito arreigada de se mover pelo Mundo.

O trabalh
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Arno Mosikyan
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
some excerpts FYI:

The spider at the centre of an emerging international oil and banking industry, Gulbenkian held empires and multinationals to ransom for more than fifty years. He would not have come to wield such power, however, had he not been an exceptionally skilled negotiator and financial architect.

He played an important if previously unacknowledged role helping both Royal Dutch-Shell and Total establish themselves as oil majors.

At his death in 1955 the world oil industry was no longer an
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Josh Maulucci
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was not what I was expecting or hoping. I wanted a interesting and exhaustive biography on a little known yet very influential character from history. Instead, I got an exhaustive geopolitical history of the origins of the European and Middle Eastern oil industry. That may be very interesting to some, and if that's the case, you'll really like the detail that's given. However, if you're looking for an in-depth character study into to the life of one of the little-known movers and shakers of ...more
Luís Simas
I have to say that more than a biography this book is a history of the oil business in the XX century.
Michaela Clancy
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Easy read & a fascinating piece of history. This book would make a good mini series.
Noric Dilanchian
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: armenia, economics
Inspired by this book I made a video titled "Gulbenkian Foundation Myth Busted: Philanthropic Intent Dishonoured". The video link is https://youtu.be/ogJyxRvG3Fs

The book's final chapters for the first time reveal in detail facts used in the video on how it came to be that Portuguese individuals and forces distorted Calouste Gulbenkian's philanthropic intent for his foundation.

António de Oliveira Salazar (1889-1970), a leader in the 48 year dictatorship in Portugal from 1933 to 1974 worked secre
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Emin
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Neatly crafted same like Mr. Gulbenkian himself!

As being a devoted history reader, this book has been fascinating voyage for me between last quarter of 19th century and mid 20th century around the cult of Mr. Gulbenkian.
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