As a young man, Charles Engelhard worked in a metals processing business which had been founded in 1902 by his German American father, Charles Engelhard Sr., dealing in platinumgold, and silver. Upon the death of his father in 1950, Charles Engelhard inherited the family business.

He substantially expanded operations to South AfricaSouth America and Europe and built it into one of the world's leading refiners of precious metals. (Wikipedia)

Engelhard is reported by numerous sources, including Forbes magazine and The New York Times, to have been the inspiration for the fictional character Auric Goldfinger in the Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger and thesubsequent motion picture. According to the Times, Engelhard was a close acquaintance of Fleming and delighted in the characterization. (Wikipedia)

According to a 1965 Forbes article and The New York Times, the Goldfinger persona was based on gold mining magnate Charles W. Engelhard, Jr.

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