Sir Basil Zaharoff was an arms dealer and super-salesman for Vickers (BAE Systems) and at one point was considered the richest man in the world.
Parallels with Sir James Savile include pimping, dubious award of knighthood, international espionage, arsonist, scandalous reputation, charitable benefactors, intimate of royalty, confidant of kings and eminence grise who worked behind the scenes influencing governments for nefarious purposes. They both liked to flaunt their honours on their chests. Both men since their deaths have been accused of numerous crimes ranging from starting the first world war to being the Yorkshire ripper. Both men were fond of bragging about their wealth and power.
Zaharoff went to great lengths to destroy all traces of his life which culminated in him burning 58 years of diaries and documents in his Paris mansion. Savile famously shunned using the internet to ensure no digital footprint was left of any online activities.
This is not to suggest they were one and the same entity not least because Savile was born in 1926 and Zaharoff died in 1936, just that there were many similarities between the two. Some researchers are linking paedophile rings and the subsequent blackmail of politicians with the modern day arms industry.
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