Making It Big in the Oil Business

For decades, there has been a lot of money in the oil business. In 2017, global dealmaking in the gas and oil production and exploration segment topped at $143 billion, which is the highest level since 2014. Big energy companies are expected to play a critical role in dealmaking for another year for gas and oil mergers and acquisitions.


Making it big in the oil business is not straightforward. And it may not be the first thing on your list to start a multi-million or a billion-dollar empire. However, in oil, things happen in millions and billions. For example, Sam Malin took only five years to grow his company from scratch into a $1.25bn empire. The exploration phase took about seven years (with 3-4 years needed for finding a well and drilling oil). Before he even begun with his project, he managed to raise $250 million in funding.

What is the Total Industry Worth?

Nobody can tell you exactly how much the oil industry is worth because nobody knows how much oil there is. We may be talking trillions of dollars, and it’s so powerful that it can give the power to transform entire national economies and shape the future, not just bring beautiful, houses, yachts, and cars.

Sam Malin’s Madagascar Oil

After a few years into his exploration phase, Malin hit oil in Madagascar in 1994 and found Madagascar Oil in 2003. He started out as a geophysicist and was on Madagascar researching on historical gas discoveries. His technical grounding helped, but people can come into the business from different areas.

It takes the cooperation of governments to find oil and the collaboration of stock markets to sell it at the right price. Malin was given documentation revealing the presence of oil fields by the Madagascar government. The government didn’t have the resources to extract and produce oil, and Malin raised funds from investors, hedge funds, and venture capitalists. During that time, the price of increased and heavy oil techniques advanced.

The 10-Year Incubation Period

It took Malin about nine years to begin the work, and that time frame is not unusual. It takes time to strike oil, and even if you do, you have to drill more to find out whether the oil is economically valuable and how to get it out. Malin persevered thanks to his gut feeling and be ready to take the risk. Also, when it comes to supporting on drilling, the right to export the oil, the environmental impact, he had the support of the Madagascar government. In almost every jurisdiction, the oil belongs to the government and not to the company. The government gives the company a percentage of the oil or allows it to keep it and charge taxes. It’s all a matter of negotiation.

Further Financial Complications

The price of oil reflects supply and demand, but the speculative positions in modern markets can swamp the fundamentals. Last year, the cost of oil per barrel was $140, which didn’t reflect oil demand. It is tough to plan for when the price spike happens because of speculative positions. How to prepare for it and how much profit can you make per barrel? First, you must view prices from an oil producer and explorer view, but projecting an estimated earn is quite complicated as it depends on the engineering solutions for oil extraction. Those who want a higher ROI (10-30%) should look for it in high-risk places, such as Iraq, Venezuela, Somalia, or Ethiopia.

Environmental and Social Responsibilities

One of the partners on one of Malin’s funds for Madagascar is the WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), and other environmental pressure groups. People on Madagascar mostly use energy from burning wood. If they become wealthier, they can turn to use other energy sources that have less impact on the forests. As for socioeconomic problems, Madagascar works with the International Finance Corporation to help the (less developed) country with the sudden influx of massive amounts of money.

The rewards of extracting, producing, and selling oil are huge. From a financial standpoint, what you need to make it in the oil business is getting funds to find an oil well, inspect it, and produce it. You need to grab the best possible investment and trading opportunities out there, and the experts from Blackhawk Partners can help you devise your strategies, raise capital, and sell the oil at the right price.


How to make money and build my wealth? The question has been around for thousands of years, but has the answer been known? After reading a few essential books on the topic of wealth acquisition, you may realize that the core principles were always the same. Building wealth isn’t that complicated, but people still don’t pay attention.

Every super-wealthy individual in history has built great wealth because they followed specific foundational financial values. We have compiled a few critical ingredients for the recipe, so let’s go.

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30 LinkedIn Influencers Who Built A Powerhouse Personal Brand

Ziad Abdelnour– CEO of BlackHawk Partners, Financier and Impact Investor- Ziad is known for being an outspoken maverick on geopolitical matters, international finance and much more. You won’t agree with everything he says and you probably think how does this guy get business? Don’t worry, he knows how to make money and to be frank he could care less of what people think of him.

Personal branding isn’t just a commodity, it’s a necessity. People do business with people they trust, if people don’t know you, they won’t buy from you. Period. Here is a sample on how an Influencer would distribute your business message to mass audience.

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How Stupid and Dumb as a Rock Venture Capitalists Are Killing Companies

To recognize how venture capitalists are killing companies, you need to understand how venture capitalists work.

Venture Capital firms typically have managers who we come to think of as investors because they sign the checks. The limited partners, on the other hand, are the investors in the venture capital firms themselves. Why are they called “limited”? Limited partners don’t actually invest in VC firms or start-up companies because they invest in an individual firm. Most of these limited partners are massive financial institutions who work with venture capital on a diversified investment strategy capacity.

And once a fund is raised by investors, the money is committed for the life of the fund. Venture capitalist then takes the limited partner’s money and use it to invest in a bunch of stock. Mind you; there are strict rules on what VC funds can do with the money because they are limited partnerships.

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Our 2018 Predictions for New York City Real Estate


With 2018 in full swing, experts in real estate are already making their predictions on how this year is going to pan out. Will rents continue to rise? Will affordable homes be as hard to find as they were in recent years? How will the industry be affected by the changes in transportation?

Here are some New York real estate predictions we see looming up ahead:

The L-Train and NYC Ferry

According to Grant Long, StreetEasy’s senior economist, sales within the surrounding area may see decreases as buyers—especially in the Brooklyn area because of the L-Train’s scheduled shutdown in 2019. However, because the NYC Service is set to expand this 2018, it could mean new sales and development opportunities in Manhattan and the Bronx.

The 2019 L-train shutdown means that anyone signing a 12-month lease after May will need a new commuting plan that doesn’t rely on riding through the Canarsie Tunnel to the 14th Street.

Jason Saft, a broker with Compass, had this to say about the L-train shutdown: “Smart developers will realize instead of paying concessions and renovating to compete, they will begin to capitalize on the L train shutdown and the need for instant gratification (in the form of living near your office) and convert rental buildings to condominiums.”

Attractively-Priced Luxury

Principal and VP of TF Cornerstone, Zoe Elghanayan, predicts that more suburbanites will make their way to areas like Downtown Brooklyn and the far West Side where heavily amenitized luxury developments that will be priced attractively.

StreetEasy’s Grant Long also talks about how 2017 saw the supply of luxury condos surpass buyer demand, making luxury living in 2018 even more accessible to the “normal-rich” New Yorkers who can now afford these luxury condos that are now being offered at discounted prices. This includes discounted rents of high-end luxury rentals.

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Bitcoin has practically become synonymous with the term cryptocurrency for being the largest blockchain network. And as the public struggles to wrap their minds around whether this global phenomenon is just the latest trend or the future of currency as it is now being hailed, we wonder where it is all headed.

Why are cryptocurrencies making so many waves? First of all, it’s anonymous and decentralized, neither controlled nor regulated by a single authority in the way that conventional currency is. To create counterfeit currency is virtually impossible, unlike conventional currency.

Although the concept of cryptocurrency was first widely released in 2008 and Bitcoin was introduced to the public in 2009, followed by countless startups, it would take nearly a decade for cryptocurrencies…

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5 Essential Elements to Your Success as a Real Estate Developer in NYC


Surely you’ve heard that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. And if you’re aiming to make it big in real estate in the Big Apple, then you’re hoping to take a bite out of a multi-billion industry.

But what does it take to fall into the ranks of the richest New York real estate developers such as Stephen Ross, Richard LeFrak, Donald Trump, and Jerry Speyer? Here are 5 essential elements to becoming a successful real estate developer in New York:

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