Lessons to Bank On: Ezra Zilka on Adapting, Investing in Times of Turmoil
Traders Magazine, December 2000
Financier Ezra Zilkha likes to joke that during his lifetime he has moved from the Persian carpet culture to the Louis Quinze culture, but his humor is a remarkably apt description of his life's journey. Starting as a scion of a Babylonian Jewish banking family, he put together multifaceted careers in international banking, investments and corporate governance that spanned every continent, but the two smallest, over the troubled latter half of the 20th Century. In the process (though congenitally loathe to be so gauche as to flaunt it) vastly enhancing his family's fortunes.
His wealth, like the man, is strictly private. But Zilkha, president of Zilkha & Sons in New York, graciously sat down recently to share his insights into the wisdom of improvising and temporizing in times of turmoil.
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