Joseph Safra (born 1939) is a Brazilian banker who runs the banking and investment empire, Safra Group, an international network of companies controlled by the Joseph Safra family comprising banking and financial institutions, industrial operations, real estate and agribusiness. It is present in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean. Mr. Safra serves as the chairman of all Safra companies, among them Safra National Bank of New York and Banco Safra. He moved to the U.S. with his brother to create the Republic Bank of New York in 1966 which they later sold to HSBC. He acquired the remaining shares of Safra Group companies from his brother Moise Safra and gained full ownership.