Forbes Magazine - By Graham Button and Kerry A. Dolan
May 3, 1999
THE WHITE HOUSE press release about the nominee for U.S. ambassador to Argentina is wonderfully abbreviated. It says that Hassan Nemazee is a "New York investor." True enough, but there is quite a story that goes with his investing, and it is not a happy one. People who have done business with this man have come to regret it.
If Nemazee, 49, is destined to be confirmed by the Senate, he at least fits the part of an ambassador. This polished socialite has a Harvard degree, a position on one of the university's prestigious visiting committees and a lot of well-connected friends. In November 1995 he hosted a dinner featuring Al Gore, raising $250,000 for the Democratic National Committee. Over the past four years Nemazee and his family have given more than $150,000 to Democratic politicians and the DNC. Six of Nemazee's friends and relatives have given $10,000 apiece--the maximum allowable per year--to Bill Clinton's legal defense fund. Among them was the caretaker of Nemazee's 12-acre estate in Katonah, N.Y.
Nemazee was born in Washington, D.C., the son of an Iranian shipping magnate then serving as the commercial attache to the U.S. for the Shah's government. After college he formed a joint venture in Iran with insurer American International Group to sell life insurance, but the business fell victim to the Iranian revolution. Nemazee, on a business trip to the U.S. when the Shah was overthrown, escaped with his wife and a fair amount of wealth outside of his homeland, including property in the Washington area that his father had given him. [/snip]
[snip] But (John) Kerry receives far more Muslim money than his wifes foundations give. As this column documented last January, one of Kerrys biggest money men, who bankrolled the Senators primary campaign with more than $180,000, is Hassan Nemazee. [/snip]
Kerrys Secret Muslim Connections - FrontPageMagazine (10/5/2004)
The Republican controlled Senate approved Nemazee to be the US Ambassador to Argintina. From the State Department website:
Nemazee, Hassan (1950- )
1999 [Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Argentina]
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