The Most Intriguing People in Business

What distinguishes them from their peers is their pure domination of their respective spaces.

to approximately $72.2 million for 2008. This year he opened a new office at the European Union in Brussels to promote closer cooperation and joint initiatives in Europe. He has also spearheaded the creation of a bio-terrorism prevention unit at the General Secretariat, and he has initiated the process of creating the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna, Austria, which will be the world’s first international institute dedicated to fighting corruption. This year, Noble was awarded the world-renowned Légion d’ Honneur—the highest decoration in France—by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Reformer
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia

The first woman ever elected to lead an African nation in 2005, Johnson-Sirleaf, known as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” has been recognized as a determined advocate for peace, justice, and democratic rule in Liberia. Early in her presidency, Johnson-Sirleaf renewed security and law enforcement agencies, returned electricity and water to Liberia’s capital city, repaired roads and bridges, resettled displaced people, rehabilitated heath clinics, and improved government accountability and transparency—all of which are a part of her agenda for economic development and ending corruption and civil war in Liberia.

Johnson-Sirleaf’s strongest asset is her past career in finance. She has experience working at Liberia’s Treasury Department; served as minister of finance; was president of Liberian Bank for Development & Investment, where she led innovations to halt mismanagment of funds; and was vice president for Equator Bank in the U.S. She has represented Liberia in several financial institutions, including the African Development Bank. Johnson-Sirleaf also directed the Regional Bureau of Africa for the United Nations Development Program from 1992–1997. Since she became president, Liberia’s GDP growth has increased to 9.4% from 6.7%. Johnson-Sirleaf also facilitated a Poverty Reduction Strategy Program to relieve Liberia from a debt of approximately $3.5 billion. Liberia has also experienced an increase in private sector investments in various areas such as natural resources, tourism, infrastructure, and the construction of hotels.

Johnson-Sirleaf, 70, has been a political figure since the 1980swhen she spoke against the Samuel Doe regime. A former political prisoner—she was arrested and exiled twice—she campaigned to remove former president Charles Taylor from office. In 2007, Johnson- Sirleaf was honored with the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and received honorary doctor of law degrees from Indiana University and Brown University.

The Publishing Titan
Magnus Greaves, Founder, Doubledown Media

At a time when most magazines have lost advertisers, Greaves, founder of Doubledown Media, has experienced the reverse. His magazine group, which consists of Trader Monthly, Dealmaker, Private Air, Corporate Leader, and Cigar Report, has seen a 67% increase in advertising this year. The reason is simple, according to the 34-year-old Vancouver resident, targeting wealthy individuals shields luxury publications from downturns in the marketplace. The audience: high-net-worth men with a median income of $600,000, particularly C-suite executives, investment bankers, and private equity and venture capital investors.

As several financial institutions have fallen to bankruptcy and acquisitions, Doubledown’s subscribers have remained steady. But as the U.S. Congress was voting on a financial rescue bill, Greaves was in Dubai for the launch of his Middle

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  • http://toshibanews.wordpress.com David Schneider

    Mr. Vadim Danilov was invited by Mr. Naohiro Baba to strike up an acquaintance with Mr. Harry Fujimaki to work for Toshiba Corporation (?????? Kabushiki-gaisha T?shiba) as a general logistics manager in the Russian Federation. The event occurred in 2004. In the course of two years Mr. Danilov had been “employed” in other spheres such as, a certification specialist, customs broker, trader, promoter, etc. Mr. Danilov worked effectively and honestly thinking that he was a team player contributing to Toshiba’s benefits.

    To his disappointment, Mr. Koichiro Natsume, an executive manager of Toshiba Corporation in the CIS, declared him a Toshiba Official Trader at the Conference at the Imperial Park Hotel, Moscow, 2006. In addition, Mr. Koichiro Natsume declared that Mr. Danilov Vadim was officially registered by Toshiba Corporation as Toshiba’s Official Trader named “the Ninth Wave” (‘Deviatiy Val’). To conclude the announced procedures, Mr. Natsume Koichiro issued to “Deviatiy Val” a Toshiba invoice PI 20060800059 dated August 24, 2006. The invoice was paid to a TCMS official account at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Singapore Branch.

    Moreover, there were other financial transactions during 2006-2007-2008 years, executed by Mr. Vadim Danilov between clients and Toshiba Consumer Marketing Singapore, SMBC Singapore branch account.

    After all the payments were completed, Mr. Koichiro Natsume vanished somewhere in Japan. Toshiba Corporation managers in Russia, Japan and Singapore refused to explain to Mr. Vadim Danilov how those payments had been used.
    Toshiba Corporation & TCMS, insist that Mr. Vadim Danilov has no evidences that Toshiba Invoice PI 20060800059 had been paid, as well as all the other payments.
    Moreover: Toshiba Corporation declares now that Mr. Vadim Danilov had never had any relations with Toshiba Group Companies.

    Nowadays, the Toshiba staff is running away from Mr. Danilov Vadim and his lawyers. The Metropolitan Police Department refused to investigate the accident and explained to Mr. Vadim Danilov that he has no right to bring in an action against a Japanese citizen; nevertheless, Mr. Koichiro Natsume is probably hiding in Japan.

    Summary of the case:

    Toshiba Corporation managers are too afraid of Mr. Vadim Danilov’s knowledge of Toshiba management precisely elaborated scheme for “personal financial transactions” via third parties as a ‘private financial network’ Russia-Estonia-Finland-Singapore.

    • http://andreameli.wordpress.com/ ANDREA AMPELIO MELI

      “Debts and lies are generally mixed together”

      Luxury World

      “For the greater part of the trade we did much more than practice a large-scale deception through double-traders; by means of the double-trader system we actively ran and control the Russian business markets system…”
      Norio Sasaki, [ The Double-Trader System in the Business; Yal University Press; 2009, New Haven and London]

      Once upon a time, in 2008 a Holy Man entered JETRO – Japan External Trading Organization.
      He had a lot of great plans and was sure that the nice future was waiting for him among Japanese Trading Houses and Shadowed Elite Businessmen Society.

      But there was a question – How to become as popular as ‘to be or not to be’ expression?
      It was easy only from the first glance.
      In real life no one was interested in one more manufacturer of luxury bags and precious testicles.
      At the same time Holy Man needed glory and fate not less then Salvador Dali.

      So, he decided to do the same: popularity becomes through some scandal. It is always better if intentional scandal is growing bigger and running huger worldwide…

      The Holy Man founded another Man with help of JETRO. While searching the internet he noticed Tiny Man- some simple human being who was fighting with Toshiba Corporation and Mitsubishi Group. That was the man he ever wanted.

      The internet and Newspapers were full of different stories about Tiny Man. He was struggling in Tokyo and Singapore, Washington and Brussels, Moscow and Tashkent, Sankt-Petersburg and Odessa, in Google and Yahoo, through newspapers, Singapore Police and other respectable resources.
      “That man could be compared only with Brother Che”, – decided Holy Man and issued to Tiny Struggler small message. Holy Man was not sure that Tiny Struggler would notice him, so he decided to send his message not as short SMS through some mobile luxury phone, but as a invitation through JETRO official.

      The Holy Man needed sales. As soon as it could be possible. So, he requested Mr. Tiny Struggler to check the local Russian market.

      He promised a lot, which was not necessary to be really executed in the future. The main target was to get contact: that is how the Tiny Struggler was captured. The Holy Man found interesting detail – Tiny Struggler was fond of Salvador Dali Arts in his poor childhood.
      The best representation for him was ‘to hint’ on some contact with Salvador Dali.

      Tiny Struggler explained to Holy Man that it could better to begin invasion into Russia after official registration oh Holy Man’s brand, trademark, organization, etc.

      Stupid Tiny Struggler could not understand with his empty attic, that these official aspects of life were not the real target of the Holy Man.
      He just wanted to sell his precious bags, elite socks, velvet handkerchiefs, necklaces (as new and brand).
      Holy Man promised to sign some contract with Tiny Struggler and even sent one sample of the contract to him. No one knows now why that contract sample was for Poland, but anyway – it was better then nothing.

      The way of God Father’s business seemed colored with diamond stars in Russia:
      No need to Trade Mark registration;
      No need to have Certificates of Compliances;
      No need to register company;
      No need to invest anything officially;
      No need to pay taxes;
      No need to have License;
      No need to have Sanitary inspection of products made from unknown skin;
      No need to converse foreign currency into rubles and vice versa;
      And a lot of other “No Needs” which must be executed in ‘normal’ countries with ‘normal business’.

      The best executer of above mentioned ‘moves’ was Tiny Struggler. The fame of Tiny Struggler became even more day after day: he was already fighting with Media Markt Saturn, Auchan and SONY !

      What else was needed? – Nothing!
      Fool rushes in where angels fear to tread.
      Just some promises of future happiness and full pockets of money for the fool of circumstances.

      But even a Fools bolt may sometimes hit the mark – Russian Customs did not allowed Holy Man to import luxury purses into Russian territory… A light purse makes a heavy heart – Holy Man ‘forgot’ that Russian Customs officers are thinking very slowly without heavy purses… So, while they were requesting various documents: certificate of origing, of compliance, of conformity, of sanitary inspection, etc… (waiting for some bribes) – some Italy gangstaz have stolen purses nevertheless they contained no money at all.

      The Holy Man disappeared from the horizons of Tiny Struggler. The reason was cheap: Holy Man could not pay for job, because his real intentions were to find some slaves in Russia who will work for some sly of dry Italian pizza from backyards of famous Italian canteens.

      BUT: the Story just began…

  • BE Reader

    Doubledown Media closed up shop today. Might want to rip that page out of your December 2008 magazine.

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