Ehud Arye Laniado was a Belgian African Diamond Merchant. Laniado was in this business for almost four decades where he mastered the small details of evaluating and pricing the individual rough diamonds and the entire structure of the diamond industry. Ehud Arye Laniado net worth before his death is estimated to be around $2.7 billion.
Laniado was born in 1953 in Belgium. He started his career as a masseur at the Hilton hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to his website, he was in diamond business when he was in the early 20s. As a chairman of his International diamond business, he has excelled in mining, exploration, evaluating value and pricing of individual rough diamonds and the entire structure of the diamond industry. His company stores are located all over the world including Mumbai, Hong Kong, and New York.
Ehud Arye Laniado owned the company Omega Diamonds, located in the Belgian city of Antwerp. It is the center for most of the world’s top diamond traders. Laniado became famous after he sold the world’s most expensive diamond ‘the Blue Moon of Josephine’ to Hong Kong businessman Joseph Lau Luen Hung for $48.44 million.
In 2013, he got into some trouble with Belgian authorities for tax evasion on diamonds which they claimed were illegally imported from Congo and Angola. He tried to evade a tax evasion trial by paying $181 million but was sued by Belgian’s government for $5.27 billion as well as $2.24 million fine.
On March 5, 2019, he died during a penis enlargement operation at a posh Parisian clinic. He died at the age of 65 in the French capital Paris. The name of a plastic surgeon is not revealed yet.