Tony Murray. Photo: alchetron.com
The future billionaire was born in 1920 in Paris under the name of Jacques Gaston Kalifa. The boy’s father ran a large construction company engaged in infrastructure projects, particularly construction of bridges, according to “Hadashot”.
The young man has arrived on architectural faculty of the School of fine arts in Paris, but, being a Jew, fled after the Nazi invasion in Biarritz in the South-West of the country. Here he was able to take on the Polish ship and transported to England. Military service Jacques began as a volunteer of the “Free French”, and eventually joined the British Royal air force. On account of his 38 missions in North Africa as part of the squadron, No. 613.
After the war, under the name of Tony Murray the young man returned to France, where he learned that his father died in Auschwitz. Tony took control of the family construction firm, made a fortune, but later settled in the UK and got British citizenship.
Grand Beach Hotel in Miami, owned by Murray
Today his business consists primarily of manufacturing company fire extinguishers London Security and holding Andrew Sykes Group. Although it is not limited to, the Murray, for example, belongs to the Grand Beach Hotel in Miami.
The London Security has 200,000 clients in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg. Andrews Sykes Group is a leading supplier of equipment for heating and air conditioning, whose shares are traded on the London stock exchange, and the operations cover Europe and the middle East, and North America.
In the management of companies take active part the sons of businessman Jean-Jacques and Jean-Pierre, as personal as Tony is estimated at 1.24 billion pounds (more than $1.5 billion).
Veteran, awarded the Legion of honor, celebrated its centenary in February this year. Despite the age of retirement Murray even thinks. “What will I do in retirement?”, he says.