We often celebrate young tech entrepreneurs for their billionaire status at such young ages (20 or 30). We don’t often celebrate the elderly or many, many older people who are also billionaires to maintain that status or to live that long. Well, that is what we are here to do today. A British businessman who is Jewish and a great war hero, is 100 years old and is on the annual list of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom. It’s not often that you see a centenary on these types of lists, so we have to celebrate Tony Murray. Not only is he a billionaire with a net worth of 2.8 billion dollars, he also escaped from France occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War and by avoiding the fate that so many Jews of that time had to face in the concentration camps led by the Nazis and Adolf Hitler. He deceived death there and I am sure too many times in his 10 decades on earth.
Tony Murray was born Gaston Jacques Kalifa on February 8, 1920 in Paris, France. His father ran a construction company that worked on infrastructure projects such as building bridges. Murray was accepted to study architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris before the start of the Second World War. When the Germans invaded France, he escaped from Paris and arrived in Biarritz, where he boarded a Polish ship bound for England. He enlisted in the Free French Forces, but once in England he became a member of the Royal Air Force where he carried out 38 missions during the Second World War. After the war, he became a British citizen. Unfortunately, his father was not so lucky and died in Auschwitz.
After the Second World War, Murray returned to France only to discover that his father had been murdered in an insane manner, like so many other Jews in Auschwitz and in other concentration camps (may their memory be an eternal blessing for their families and friends). Murray took over his father’s construction business and accumulated the $ 2.8 billion net worth he has today. A few years later, he returned to the United Kingdom. He also owns several other companies, including London Security fire extinguisher and heating giant Andrew Sykes Group.
On a personal level, Murray has two sons, Jean-Jacques and Jean-Pierre. Both are directors of their father’s company, London Security.