Farkas studied business administration at the University of Santiago, Chile. In the s, he emigrated to the United States and made a living working in show business as a piano player while traveling throughout the country. He also worked in several Caribbean cruising companies until the death of his father. Farkas then returned to Chile to manage the family business. He has stakes in several industries, the mining sector being the most important. In October Farkas announced that he was considering being an independent candidate for the presidential election of
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With his custom-designed Zegna suits, pink tie with matching Brioni handkerchief and colored diamond cufflinks — as he dressed on the night he held a dinner to meet the miners — Mr. Farkas is an original in this conservative South American country. He made millions of dollars as an entertainer in Las Vegas and on cruise ships, married well, and then returned to his native Chile five years ago to try his hand in the profession his late father loved: mining.
Since then, the former piano bar singer has become a national sensation in Chile, but less so for his mines than for his eccentric personality, wild parties and seeming heart of gold. He has become Chile's most prominent philanthropist, contributing millions of dollars to help needy Chileans, as well as earthquake victims in Chile and Haiti.
While that has endeared him to the country's poor, the public nature of his gift giving and his outsize personality have made him plenty of enemies among the buttoned-down Chilean elite.
When he flirted in with the idea of running for president, he became one of the most feared rich men in Chile because of his populist appeal. Farkas, 43, said sitting in the nondescript office here of his Santa Fe mining company. Daniel Farkas Berger, his father, made and lost two fortunes in the mining business, his holdings being nationalized by Brazil in the early s and Chile in , under the Socialist government of Salvador Allende.
Farkas said. Eat in the best restaurants, have the best clothes. A passionate music fan, Mr. Farkas's father started his son on the piano at 2 years old. At 15, Leonardo put together a group of 15 musicians who played weddings and toured in Argentina, Brazil and Peru. JUST before he turned 21, he moved to the United States, where he performed in the Catskills and Miami, playing in small clubs, and then on cruise ships.
He was frugal back then, depositing much of his earnings in his mother's Miami account so he could not spend it. By 24, he had made his first million dollars, he said. Then at 27, while performing in the Catskills at the Concord Hotel, he met Betina Friedman Parker, an heiress to the Concord hotel fortune. A year later they married and took a six-month honeymoon around the world. The couple moved to Las Vegas, where Mr. They played blackjack into the early morning and ate steak and eggs before going to bed at 6 a.
I decided to choose my marriage. In they moved to Boca Raton, Fla. Farkas retired and took up golf and tennis, but he grew bored and felt the need to do something "bigger. At first she was skeptical. But he persuaded her, he said, by saying they would stay only two years. Publicar un comentario.
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Leonardo Julio Farkas Klein is a Chilean businessman and philanthropist. Farkas studied business administration at the University of Chile. In the s, he emigrated to the United States and made a living working in show business as a piano player while traveling throughout the country, he worked in several Caribbean cruising companies until the death of his father. Farkas returned to Chile to manage the family business, he has stakes in the mining sector being the most important. In October Farkas announced that he was considering being an independent candidate for the presidential election of , he declined to comment on the issue. However, on December 5, he announced.
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