Laniado, 65, was the owner of Omega Diamonds and worked in the industry for 40 years, gaining a name as one of the leading experts in the world in the evaluation of rough diamonds, according to media reports.
Omega Diamonds confirmed his death; a friend said that his nickname in the firm was “the Argentinian” because he always looked like “a tango dancer.”
Laniado began his professional career in the diamond industry in Tel Aviv, a path that led him to Angola and the Congo, and from there to Belgium.
A sharp dresser and a short man, as he was described by friends, Laniado allegedly had his accountant call him and read him the worth of his assets several times a day. The friend told The Sun that those were the only times of day that Laniado felt good about himself.
Laniado will be brought to Israel for his burial.
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