The Most Intriguing People in Business

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

Eastern version of Dealmaker, with 12,000 in circulation. He also plans to debut Trader in Brazil early next year, and he’s in negotiations with partners to launch eastern European versions of Trader and Dealmaker in Russia.

Born in Jamaica, Greaves admittedly loves magazines and has no intention of relinquishing print to the dotcom space, but believes in finding new ways to innovate publications—such as his latest venture for 2008. Greaves, in collaboration with PR/management giant Williams Morris Agency, is scheduled to launch Mymag, a new celebrity-based magazine edited by and focused on a single personality or thought leader for each issue. Doubledown reported $10 million in revenue for 2007. It projects a 50% increase for 2008.

The Quarterback
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Adviser to Sen. Barack Obama

Jarrett, at one point, tried to talk Barack Obama out of the Chicago Senate race in 2004. Obama had to convince her why he should run, and it was her validation he sought and continued to seek throughout the 2008 presidential election. Jarrett, 51, his closest consultant, has even been described as the other side of Obama’s brain. She raised nearly $60 million for the Obama campaign in mid-2007—all while holding down her day job as president and CEO of real estate development firm The Habitat Co.

Her official-unofficial title is senior adviser, a role she assumed in the fall of 2007 when Obama was lagging 20 points in the polls behind Sen. Hillary Clinton during the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. Since then, Jarrett has been involved in the management decisions of every single campaign strategy, from how to convey Obama’s message of change to a cross section of Americans to handling crisis issues such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Jarrett is no stranger to politics, having served as Chicago’s commissioner of planning and development in 1991; as chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority, where she was responsible for a budget of more than $800 million, in 1995; and as chairman of the Chicago Stock Exchange in 2003.

As the vice chair of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee and vice chair of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, it’s anticipated that she will be recruited for a high-profile position in an Obama administration.

The Brand Master
Kedar Massenburg, CEO of Kedar Entertainment Group and Kedar Beverages

A music industry veteran responsible for introducing and sustaining the neo-soul movement, Massenburg never thought he would find interest in the spirits business. But, when the opportunity to partner with Jean-Sébastien Robicquet arose, Massenburg seized the opportunity. The expertise of Robicquet, a master distiller with a long family history in fine spirits, mixed with Massenburg’s passion for creating and marketing new products introduced an innovative venture. In 2007, under Kedar Beverages L.L.C., he launched K’orus wines imported from Bordeaux, France, specially targeted to African Americans. Creating a unique marketing model, Massenburg would produce three varietals of white and red wine without vintage, making wine selection easier for consumers and allowing for broader distribution to a variety of chain suppliers throughout the country.

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  • 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.

    • “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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  • Al

    What’s up?. Thanks a bunch for the info. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but there is so much out there. Yahoo lead me here – good for you i guess! Keep up the great information. I will be coming back over here in a couple of days to see if there is updated posts.

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