Basil Zaharoff

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Person.png Basil Zaharoff  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Arms dealer)
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BornZacharias Basileios Zacharoff
Muğla, Ottoman Empire
Died1936-11-27 (Age 87)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
NationalityOttoman, Greek, French
The first modern arms dealer, cunning, aggressive and ruthless.

Basil Zaharoff became one of the richest men in the world by pioneering the profession of the modern arms dealer.


In his groudbreaking 2011 book, The Shadow World, Andrew Feinstein states that Basil Zaharoff was the first of the modern arms dealers.

Cultural depictions

Zaharoff has inspired several depictions in fiction. Some aspects of his life were used as the basis for elements of Citizen Kane.[1][2]