Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade is known as Dr. Caoa is the Founder and President of CAOA. The name of the organization is an acronym based on his name. Prior to his entry into the business word, he was a respected medical doctor in the north and northeast areas of Brazil. CAOA was formed in 1979 after he gets a Ford resale operation as form of payment for a Landau he paid but never received from this dealer. Within six years, CAOA became the largest Ford dealership in Brazil.
In 1992, the business expanded. The government of Brazil opened up the market for the import of automobiles, which had previously not been allowed. CAOA subsequently became the official distributor in Brazil for Renault. However, once Renault had acquired an entry into the Brazilian market, they began manufacturing vehicles in the country. At that point Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade and CAOA stopped representing them.
Subaru became the next automobile company that Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade and CAOA worked with to market and sell their vehicles in the Brazilian market. CAOA became the official importer for Subaru in Brazil in 1998.
The Korean automobile manufacturer, Hyundai, was next on the list for Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade and CAOA. In 1999 CAOA became the official marketer and seller for the Hyundai line of automobiles in Brazil. By 2007, a joint CAOA – Hyundai plant was built in Anapolis in the State of Goiás, Brazil. Through the skillful work of Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade and CAOA, Hyundai saw great success in the Brazilian market. CAOA was ultimately recognized by Hyundai corporate headquarters as the top distributor in 2010, winning this accolade over 179 total distributors that Hyundai had globally at the time.
What has transpired from that time to the present has defined Carlos Alberto de Oliveira Andrade as one of the best car salesmen in Brazil, and perhaps the world. Visit the Consultar CEP website for more details.
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.