Hussain Sajwani is a United Arab Emirate entrepreneur who launched his first company, Global Logistics Services, in 1983. This company offers catering services at military bases, hospitals, and large construction projects across the Middle East and Eastern Europe. His second company, DAMAC Properties, was launched in 2002. This company develops high-end real estate projects which include both residential and commercial structures.
One of Hussain Sajwani‘s calling cards with DAMAC Properties is partnering with other luxury brands. His latest development, for instance, has an 18-hole golf course that was personally designed by Tiger Woods. He also partnered with the Trump Organization to manage this golf course like they do at one of his other Dubai-area developments. Other luxury brands he has had design the exteriors or interiors of his properties include among others Fendi, Vercase, Paramount Hotels and Resorts, and Bugatti.
According to Arab News, now that there are DAMAC Property developments across the Middle East, Hussain Sajwani is looking elsewhere in the world for new opportunities. The first international development he built is in London, England. Along with Europe, he is also looking to develop in Asia, especially China. As the people of China become wealthier he sees the opportunity for the types of developments he specializes in fitting well in that country. He also points to great bilateral relations between his country and China as another reason to invest there.
Besides serving as the chairman of the board of DAMAC Properties, Hussain Sajwani has also served on other organization’s boards. Among these are New York’s Juno Online, Abu Dhabi’s Takaful Company, and the Majan University College which is located in Muscat, Oman. Other organizations he is affiliated with include Al Jazeira Services, Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles Co, and Al Amana Building Materials.
He is also a philanthropist. Five years ago he provided AED two million which went towards buying clothes for children living in developing countries. Hussain Sajwani also now supports the One Million Arab Coders Initiative. This program will provide one million people with the opportunity to get the skills and training they need, for free, to work in the technology industry.
For the first several years of her career, Victoria Doramus worked mostly as a market trend analyst. She performed in this role for Creative Arts Agency, Trendera, Mindshare, and Stila Cosmetics. She would attend seasonal trade shows, work with art directors on advertising campaigns, and write about trends in various industries such as fashion.
While it sounds like a pretty glamorous lifestyle to lead it was anything but for Victoria Doramus. During this time she was addicted to alcohol and drugs, with cocaine and Adderall being her main addictions. She says that she eventually completely lost control of her life and, like most addicts, it was only when she had hit rock bottom that she sought out the help she needed. She spent several months at Burning Tree, a hardcore recovery center, and then time in a halfway house. While at the halfway house Victoria Doramus was required to work at least 30 hours a week, work with a sponsor, and attend recovery meetings. After four months in the halfway house, she was able to move to New York City where she has lived ever since.
Victoria Doramus continues to attend AA meetings. She also actively helps others who are addicts. She is planning on opening a halfway house in New York herself. This will be a place that follows the principles of AA’s twelve steps but won’t officially be a part of that organization. She is working on the business model for this house and is seeking out those who will provide the funds to get it going.
She also volunteers her time. According to IMDB, Victoria Doramus extensively volunteers for the Amy Winehouse Foundation where she supports their effort to educate young people about addiction. She also volunteers for the Women’s Prison Foundation. She says that she does this because she wants women in prison to know that their lives are not over.
The Best Friends Animal Society is another nonprofit that Victoria Doramus volunteers for. This organization tries to find homes for pets that would otherwise be killed at an animal shelter. She also supports Room to Read which teaches low-income children how to read.
SofBank, the Japanese conglomerate with over 400 internet-related companies, acquired Fortress Investment Group, which is one of the larger investment groups in the US. SofBank was founded four decades ago in 1981 by Masayoshi Son. SofBank paid $3.3 billion to add Fortress to its portfolio of companies.
Despite the hefty price tag Fortress Investment Group’s management team will likely to continue past management practices, as regulatory approval required SofBank to remain at arms-length from Fortress’ sizeable assets.
SofBank originally wholesaled PC software. They soon diversified into computer magazines and tradeshows. In 1996 they bought Yahoo!. SofBank has continued rapidly branching into new areas. Today they focus primarily on tech startups.
Current CEO Randal Nardone and Co-Chairman Wes Edens founded Fortress Investment Group in 1998. The firm has more than 1750 clients, both individual and institutional investors. Fortress calls New York home but maintains a facility in San Francisco that is closer to their Asian investments. Peter Briger mans the San Francisco headquarters.
The purchase was not straightforward. Before the Fortress deal, which required regulatory approval in the US, SofBank had to clean up several sales and acquisitions, a couple of which also were subject to regulatory approval. Founder Masayoshi Son attempted to grease the skids a bit during the approval process. He visited Trump Tower in New York City not long after President Trump took office. While he was at it, he pledged to invest $50 million in the US.
The deal was a big boost for Fortress and especially its principals who came out the deal roughly $1.39 billion richer in combined wealth. The SofBank acquisition took Fortress private, which delighted Wes Edens who doesn’t miss the periodic earnings calls of a public company.
SofBank recently made its biggest move ever when it created the Vision Fund. The fund, valued at approximately $93 billion, is the largest such fund ever. SofBank plans to start a London-based alternative asset fund — such funds tend to deal in distressed debt that is unpopular with mainstream capital firms. If they need advice getting it started, Peter Briger, a Fortress principal, is an absolute master of investing in distressed debt.
While it may seem odd that SofBank would invest in Fortress Investment Group, given that they must remain mostly hands off, they are interested in branching into financial services and Fortress Investment Group has an exceptional reputation in that sector. For Fortress the acquisition greatly increases its reach into Asian markets. It’s a win-win for sure.
Fortress Investment Group has been setting trends in the financial industry as a private equity firm since 1998. One of the biggest changes it made to the financial industry was becoming the first large company of its kind to have an IPO in 2007. Fortress Investment Group has grown considerably over the years and has more than 1,750 clients in which it manages more than $43 billion of their assets.
Some of the financial areas that Fortress Investment Group specializes in include asset-based investing, corporate mergers and acquisitions, sector-specific knowledge, operations management, and capital markets. They currently employ around 900 people with a headquarters in New York. Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, and Peter Briger are the three principals of their company with the latter being based in San Francisco instead of in their New York headquarters.
With its more than 2 decades of experience in mergers and acquisitions, they have developed many relationships in a wide variety of industries that aid in the process. Their extensive knowledge and connections make them a sought-after choice when it comes to businesses making this kind of transaction. When it comes to operational management, they are also known to excel. They have managed to create tools for their company that help them make a considerable amount of revenue from their investments.
In the first 5 years after Fortress Investment Group was founded, they grew their managed assets to $3.9 billion from just $400 million. Some of the earliest investments of the company consisted of real estate in Toronto, New York, and other markets. From 1999 to 2006 Fortress Investment Group saw a 40% rise in their private equity funds.
After around 15 years, one of their founders Rob Kauffman decided to invest into an industry in which he had held a lifelong interest in, NASCAR. After purchasing a 50% stake into the NASCAR team Michael Waltrip Racing, Kauffman retired from Fortress in order to focus on racing. RK Motors Charlotte, a company that focuses on restoring muscle cars, was founded by Kauffman after retiring from Fortress. Not only does he own part of an accomplished racing team he also competes in races as well.
Though probably best known as the co-host of the long-running ABC reality singing show “American Idol”, Ryan Seacrest is involved with many other broadcasts and ventures. Also well-known for co-hosting the ABC morning show “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” and his syndicated morning radio show “On Air With Ryan Seacrest“, he also runs a production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, has a menswear line called Distinction and a men’s skincare line called Polish and runs his own charity, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.
His production company produces such shows as the reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its various spin-offs, the “E! Live from the Red Carpet” awards show specials and the NBC police show “Shades of Blue” with Jennifer Lopez. According to the NY Times, Ryan Seacrest Productions also produce programming for Bravo, YouTube, Netflix, ABC and more.
Ryan Seacrest can also be recognized from hist hosting and producing duties on the annually broadcast, seminal “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” every New Year’s Eve. Seacrest had a chance to work with Clark before his passing and says he greatly admired the man and learned much from him.
Other Ryan Seacrest productions include “Food Revolution”, “Bromance”, “Shahs of Sunset”, “Mixology” and “the Million Second Quiz” in addition to many others. He got his start as a reporter on “E! News Live” in 1996.
Though many of Ryan Seacrest Productions’ shows are in reality television the company has experience with scripted television as well. There are upcoming projects such as “Life with Kylie” and an untitled comedy show starring comedian Gabriel Iglesias coming out as well.
His menswear line Distinction can be found exclusively at Macy’s, and his Polish line of men’s skincare products was developed in collaboration with dermatologists. Polish is designed to meet the unique needs of men’s skin, as most skincare products and lotions are geared more toward women. Skincare is an important part of Ryan Seacrest’s routine, which includes daily workouts. He can be seen each morning with co-host Kelly Ripa on ABC and on the upcoming season of “American Idol” next fall, also on ABC.
Ryan Seacrest is one of the busiest people in the entertainment world. He was born in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. Even at a young age, Ryan knew that he wanted to make a difference. As a teen, he focused his attention at a local radio station and he was hooked. As an adult, he has become synonymous with top of the line television shows and radio programs. He has also devoted time to helping those in need. Here are just a few of the things that Ryan Seacrest has on his plate at the moment.
According to the New York Times, one of the biggest projects that Ryan has at the moment is being one of the hosts and co-producer of Live With Kelly and Ryan. He interviews celebrities and chats it up with fellow co-host Kelly Ripa. He is also back to work on American Idol as well. He is the host and co-producer of that show. It is a show that is near and dear to Ryan’s heart and helped launch his television career when the show originally began in 2002. On top of his television duties, Ryan hosts a radio show called On Air with Ryan. He talks about the latest news from Hollywood and plays the latest hits for listeners. See Ryan’s profile on Forbes.
In addition to all of that Ryan also has time to give back. He began the Ryan Seacrest Foundation in conjunction with his family. Through the foundation and the Ryan Seacrest Studios, he is able to help kids battle disease by exposing them to what life is like in a radio station. It helps the kids have fun while being in the hospital and takes their minds off their problems. he also has a men’s clothing line called Ryan Secrest Distinction/Polish. It gives men the chance to look good in the latest suits and styles from his specific line.
That is one of the many reasons that Ryan Seacrest is a busy beaver these days. He knows how important it is to keep busy but also give back to people and kids who need it.
Alex Hern, CEO of VR company, Tsunami, is a pioneer in an industry that is ever evolving, changing, and shaping the way we view the world. Whether through virtual reality concepts for gaming, or in other sectors such as healthcare, construction, and manufacturing, various industries have benefited from his contributions to VR technology. Tsunami has leaped into the fray of virtual reality with development of various business communication components featuring virtual reality concepts hardware and software.
As a member of the Board of Directors for the Silicon Valley Internet Capital, Alex has worked in ventures and capital all his career redefining what it means to be a silicon valley leader. Hern is a pioneer in business communications hardware and software and Tsunami VR will be no exception to continuing that standard of exploration, development, and deployment of strategic devices that enhance our loves throughout various private and public sectors. Tsunami is looking to occupy a strategic location to enhance its footprint and in turn attract some high quality talent. Learn more about Alex Hern at Bloomberg.
Aside from Tsunami VR, Mr. Hern has been involved in various tech industry success stories including co-founding and serving on the board of Arcsight which eventually was sold for $1.5 billion to Hewlett Packard as well as CloudShield which was sold to SAIC. Follow Alex Hern on linkedin.com.
While an obvious industry pillar and pioneer, Alex Hern has a solid and reputable history in a variety of industries that affect our everyday lives. His expertise and experience of crafting some of the most exciting technologies of our time will always make him an important element of silicon valley and the future of virtual reality. Tsunami is helping to shape how the industry applies virtual reality. It certainly isn’t just a game application anymore. It is importance in a variety of aspects from saving lives, to improving the quality of our lives.
Head on out to a crowded space and you’ll see it everywhere. Spend just a few hours in a shopping mall, airport or sports arena and you’ll see plenty of people who have received cosmetic plastic surgery. It’s becoming incredibly normative at a slow but noticeable pace. The same thing can be said about tattoos.
Cosmetic plastic surgery may be becoming more dangerous as it becomes more popular. The expanding market means less qualified surgeons are offering up services. Prices continue to drop in a more competitive market and many surgeons are taking shortcuts in order to retain profits.
One Dallas-based doctor, Sameer Jejurikar, MD, is taking safety into his own hands. He has been practicing plastic surgery for more than 21 years and specializes in the Brazilian butt lift. Technically, it’s known as the gluteal fat grafting procedure.
The procedure sounds rather simple. The cosmetic plastic surgeon simply takes fat from one area of the body and puts it on the buttocks. But this procedure can cause something called a fat embolism where the new fat tissue gets caught up in a blood vessel. This can be fatal. It can lead to blood lots and other extremely negative complications.
That’s why Sameer Jejurikar, MD, has put together the Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force. He travels the world with this task force in order to educate doctors on the common pitfalls of the procedure. He believes that doctors become more proficient at the procedure with more practice and that his task force can provide training that approximates practice.
This worldwide initiative is aiming to save lives. He educates doctors on how to balance the latest innovations with techniques that have proven track records for safety. Sameer Jejurikar’s ultimate goal is to provide the world with nicer, safer and healthier butts.