“…Gabriel Debbas was once the “prince of Beirut,” a powerful Lebanese banker who married a celebrated Hungarian ballerina. He founded Lebanon’s stock exchange and developed the world-famous Casino du Liban, a favorite haunt of Saudi Arabian royalty. He rubbed shoulders with presidents and prime ministers.”
Later in the article:
Debbas was born Dec. 31, 1909, in Mersin, Turkey, then the Ottoman Empire. The Debbas family was prominent, tracing its lineage to 800 A.D., with landholdings throughout the Middle East.