Ziad K. Abdelnour; Wall Street financier, is the President and CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., a New York based private equity “family office” that focuses on originating, structuring, advising and acting as equity investor in management-led buyouts, strategic minority equity investments, equity private placements, consolidations, buildups, and growth capital financing in companies and projects based both in the US and emerging markets and the trading of key physical commodities.
Mr. Abdelnour… As a “rebel with a cause” or “man with a mission” as labelled by many media outlets, who is your hero today?
I don’t have a particular hero in mind but many; spanning the business, political and humanitarian spectrums. Heroes for me are daring mavericks who write their own rule book. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Seth Godin’s term). If I have to mention a few, I would say in the business world: Michael Milken – Financier and Donald Trump – Deal Maker. In the political world: The late JFK and Ronald Reagan. In the humanitarian world: Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. By the same token, show me a hero, and I’ll write you a tragedy.
What’s the single best piece of business advice that helped shape who you are as an entrepreneur today, and why?
“Fight not for your abundance but for the abundance of others and you will see how your life will turn around”… given by my father 20 years ago. After all is said and done, it is all about character and the things that money cannot buy. The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.