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Mr five per cent: the many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world's richest man

Mr five per cent: the many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world's richest man
Mr five per cent: the many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world's richest man
At his death in 1955 Calouste Gulbenkian was one of the richest men in the world, known as "Mr Five Percent" on account of his personal holding of 5% of Middle East oil production. His fortune and art collection are now held by the Gulbenkian Foundation, one of the world's wealthiest philanthropies. The companies he helped to create - Royal Dutch-Shell and Total - count among today's oil "supermajors," and the international oil agreements he brokered continue to shape the economic and political fortunes of Iraq, Venezuela and other oil-producing countries across the globe. Gulbenkian's media-shy persona and preference for back-room deals lent him an aura of mystery which continues to this day. Though acknowledged as one of the heroes of the international story of oil by historians such as Daniel Yergin (author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power"), Gulbenkian's story has yet to be told.
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Conlin, Jonathan (2020) Mr five per cent: the many lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the world's richest man , London. Profile Books, 416pp.

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At his death in 1955 Calouste Gulbenkian was one of the richest men in the world, known as "Mr Five Percent" on account of his personal holding of 5% of Middle East oil production. His fortune and art collection are now held by the Gulbenkian Foundation, one of the world's wealthiest philanthropies. The companies he helped to create - Royal Dutch-Shell and Total - count among today's oil "supermajors," and the international oil agreements he brokered continue to shape the economic and political fortunes of Iraq, Venezuela and other oil-producing countries across the globe. Gulbenkian's media-shy persona and preference for back-room deals lent him an aura of mystery which continues to this day. Though acknowledged as one of the heroes of the international story of oil by historians such as Daniel Yergin (author of "The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power"), Gulbenkian's story has yet to be told.

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Accepted/In Press date: 29 August 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 January 2019
Published date: 2 January 2020

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/437231
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Date deposited: 22 Jan 2020 17:32
Last modified: 12 Nov 2021 19:29

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