Mr five per cent : the many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world's richest man / Jonathan Conlin.
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2019.
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781788160421 (hbk.) :
Maps on lining papers.
At his death in 1955, Calouste Gulbenkian was the richest man in the world, known as 'Mr Five Percent' for owning 5% of Middle East oil production. For half a century everyone from the Ottoman Sultans to Joseph Stalin sought his advice on oil policy, the latter rewarding him with Rembrandts from Russia's Hermitage Museum. Today the companies that Gulbenkian created - including Shell and Total - are household names, while the international agreements he brokered still shape the fortunes of Iraq, Venezuela and other oil-producing countries across the globe. Yet Gulbenkian's secrecy has ensured that his remarkable story remained untold - until now.
x, 402 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 25 cm
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