Claude Dray, French Billionaire Owner of National Hotel, Found Murdered in Paris
Dray and his wife Simone were considered some of the most important collectors of art deco furniture, but sold off their collection in 2006 for a record-breaking $76 million. A year later, Dray bought what could be considered a crown jewel of any art deco collection, an actual historic Miami Beach art deco hotel. Dray took control of the National for an undisclosed sum. He was also an investor in the Plaza at Brickell condominium complex.
|The National Hotel on South Beach|
Dray, one of the most prominent Jews in France, had received several threats in the past, and his mansion, the Villa Madrid, was armed with state-of-the-art security and often patrolled by guards.
Investigators found no signs of a break-in, and the domestic staff never heard the gun shots.
His wife was in the United States at the time of the murder.
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