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Edmond Safra

Age: 67

Lebanese-born reclusive banker who founded the Republic Bank of New York — the bank that tipped off authorities to the recent Russian money-laundering scheme. Days before his death Safra, who had Parkinson's disease, completed a deal to sell his bank for $3 billion to the British bank HSBC. He died in a fire in his Monte Carlo penthouse set by one of his nurses.

Died: Monte Carlo, December 3, 1999

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