Controversial Israeli Billionaire and Art Collector Sammy Ofer Dies at Age 89 in Tel Aviv

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JERUSALEM (AP).- An Israeli billionaire at the center of a recent scandal involving trade with Iran died Friday in Tel Aviv. He was 89. Shipping magnate and philanthropist Sammy Ofer was listed last year by Forbes as Israel’s richest person, and appeared as number 109 on the magazine’s list of the world’s richest people. Ofer’s family released a statement saying he died Friday morning at his Tel Aviv home after a long illness. Ofer’s name had been in the news since the U.S. government sanctioned his company, Ofer Brothers Group, last month for selling an oil tanker to Iran’s national shipping company through a Singapore subsidiary. The move violated U.S. trade restrictions on Iran. That embarrassed the Ofer family and the Israeli government, which has long been