Through the stories of the great merchant families of Arabia -- the Arab counterparts of the Rockefellers & the Krupps -- Field investigates the inner workings of some of the most powerful & secretive international trade empires in the world. Here are the strengths & weaknesses of the men who manage companies with turnovers of $1 billion or more, whose influence in the tides of international commerce & finance have made them the elite of the international business establishment. You will enter an elite cultural & social world rarely encountered by Westerners. This is a book for both those who need to know these family dynasties & those who want to enter a world of incredible wealth & dizzying complexity & intrigue. Genealogical charts.
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