Calouste Gulbenkian

Calouste Gulbenkian

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (23 March 1869-20 July 1955) was an Armenian businessman and philanthropist. He played a major role in making the petroleum reserves of the Middle East available to Western development. By the end of his life he had become one of the world's wealthiest individuals and his art acquisitions considered one of the greatest private collections. Calouste Gulbenkian was born in sk dar, in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, the son of an Armenian oil importer/exporter. His father sent him to be educated at King's College London, where he studied petroleum engineering, and then to examine the Russian oil industry at Baku. While still in his twenties he lived in London arranging deals in the oil business. After becoming a naturalized British citizen in 1902, he was involved in arranging the 1907 merger resulting in Royal Dutch/Shell and emerged from that effort as a major shareholder. His habit of retaining five per cent of the shares of the oil companies he developed earned him the nickname "Mr. Five Percent."show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 313g
  • Log Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136587793
  • 9786136587790