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Shlomo Moussaieff (businessman)

Shlomo Moussaieff (businessman)

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Shlomo Moussaieff is an Israeli millionaire
Millionaire
A millionaire is an individual whose net worth or wealth is equal to or exceeds one million units of currency. It can also be a person who owns one million units of currency in a bank account or savings account...

 of Bukharian Jewish descent who has lived in London
London
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 since the early 1960s. He is the son of Rehavia Moussaieff, and grandson of Shlomo Moussaieff
Shlomo Moussaieff (rabbi)
Shlomo Moussaieff was born in the city of Bukhara in 1852 in what is today Uzbekistan and was one of the founders of the Bukharian Quarter in Jerusalem...

 of Bukhara
Bukhara
Bukhara , from the Soghdian βuxārak , is the capital of the Bukhara Province of Uzbekistan. The nation's fifth-largest city, it has a population of 263,400 . The region around Bukhara has been inhabited for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time...

. He made most of his fortune by selling precious jewelry to international royalty
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 and high society, especially Saudis and Persian Gulf Arab States. He speaks Arabic fluently.
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Shlomo Moussaieff is an Israeli millionaire
Millionaire
A millionaire is an individual whose net worth or wealth is equal to or exceeds one million units of currency. It can also be a person who owns one million units of currency in a bank account or savings account...

 of Bukharian Jewish descent who has lived in London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

 since the early 1960s. He is the son of Rehavia Moussaieff, and grandson of Shlomo Moussaieff
Shlomo Moussaieff (rabbi)
Shlomo Moussaieff was born in the city of Bukhara in 1852 in what is today Uzbekistan and was one of the founders of the Bukharian Quarter in Jerusalem...

 of Bukhara
Bukhara
Bukhara , from the Soghdian βuxārak , is the capital of the Bukhara Province of Uzbekistan. The nation's fifth-largest city, it has a population of 263,400 . The region around Bukhara has been inhabited for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time...

. He made most of his fortune by selling precious jewelry to international royalty
Royal family
A royal family is the extended family of a king or queen regnant. The term imperial family appropriately describes the extended family of an emperor or empress, while the terms "ducal family", "grand ducal family" or "princely family" are more appropriate to describe the relatives of a reigning...

 and high society, especially Saudis and Persian Gulf Arab States. He speaks Arabic fluently. The average price of a necklace in his store, located in the Hilton
Hilton Hotels
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 hotel in London's Mayfair
Mayfair
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 district, is over a million dollars.

Biography


At the age of 11 Moussaieff’s father, Rehavia threw him out of the house because Moussaieff refused to pray. The young rebellious Moussaieff didn’t believe in God. In the years he spent in the ancient caves of Sanhedria
Sanhedria
Sanhedria is a Haredi neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, Israel. It lies east of Golda Meir Street and adjacent to Ramat Eshkol, Shmuel HaNavi, Maalot Dafna and the Sanhedria cemetery....

 he started his collection of Jewish antiquity. He was caught robbing an ancient grave and was put in a school for delinquent youth. There he learned the Arabic language
Arabic language
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 and culture from his Arab
Arab
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 comrades, which later saved his life and contributed to his abilities as a merchant.

During World War II
World War II
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, when he was 17 years old Moussaieff was drafted into the British army. After the fighting ceased, he found many Kabbalah
Kabbalah
Kabbalah/Kabala is a discipline and school of thought concerned with the esoteric aspect of Rabbinic Judaism. It was systematized in 11th-13th century Hachmei Provence and Spain, and again after the Expulsion from Spain, in 16th century Ottoman Palestine...

 books in the treasuries of deserted synagogue
Synagogue
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s in Italy
Italy
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. These books were to follow him for the rest of his life.

In 1948 Shlomo fought in the old city of Jerusalem. When the city fell into the hands of the Jordanian Legion, he was taken captive and was imprisoned for a year.

Shlomo’s greatest affection is to the Bible
Bible
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 and its hidden wisdom. His passion for the Bible led him over the last half-century to purchase the richest collection of Biblical archaeology.

Some notable family members include:

Dorrit Moussaieff
Dorrit Moussaieff
Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli-born British jewellery designer, editor and businesswoman. She is the First Lady of Iceland, married to Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland.-Biography:...

 is the daughter of Shlomo Moussaieff of London. She is the First Lady of Iceland
First Lady of Iceland
Wives and husbands of the presidents:*Georgia Björnsson wife of Sveinn Björnsson*Dóra Þórhallsdóttir wife of Ásgeir Ásgeirsson*Halldóra Eldjárn wife of Kristján Eldjárn*Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was not married...

 and is married to the current President of Iceland
Iceland
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, Mr Olafur Ragnar Grimsson
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the fifth and current President of Iceland. He has served as President since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004, and re-elected unopposed for a fourth term in 2008. He is the longest-serving left-wing president in the history of...

.

Shdema Moussaieff, a noted psychologist and author is the sister of Shlomo Moussaieff.

Alon Moussaieff, a Jerusalem jewelry merchant is the brother of Shlomo Moussaieff.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is an American author, residing in New Zealand. Masson is best known for his conclusions about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis...

 is the son of Jacques Masson, the grandson of Henri Moussaieff, and is the great grandson of Shlomo Moussaieff (rabbi)
Shlomo Moussaieff (rabbi)
Shlomo Moussaieff was born in the city of Bukhara in 1852 in what is today Uzbekistan and was one of the founders of the Bukharian Quarter in Jerusalem...


See also

  • Dorrit Moussaieff
    Dorrit Moussaieff
    Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli-born British jewellery designer, editor and businesswoman. She is the First Lady of Iceland, married to Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland.-Biography:...

  • Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
    Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
    Dr. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is an American author, residing in New Zealand. Masson is best known for his conclusions about Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis...

  • Olafur Ragnar Grimsson
    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the fifth and current President of Iceland. He has served as President since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004, and re-elected unopposed for a fourth term in 2008. He is the longest-serving left-wing president in the history of...

  • Shlomo Moussaieff (rabbi)
    Shlomo Moussaieff (rabbi)
    Shlomo Moussaieff was born in the city of Bukhara in 1852 in what is today Uzbekistan and was one of the founders of the Bukharian Quarter in Jerusalem...


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