Avan Amiri and Adnan Khashoggi

Image by Roland Godefroy (CC BY 3.0)

Image by Roland Godefroy (CC BY 3.0)

Many years ago at a restaurant in Aspen, I was introduced to Adnan Khashoggi. At the time, he was still very well known as being the richest man in the world, one that lived a life of opulence and intrigue.

He gestured for me to have a seat next to him, and immediately engaged me in conversation. I was eighteen at the time, and surely had nothing of consequence to say. But I will always remember the way he spoke with me. Despite his large dinner table of guests, he acted as if I was the only person in the room. It was astonishing how interested—and interesting—he was.

It was a chance encounter very long ago, but those ten minutes have always stuck with me. Avan Amiri, the retired billionaire arms dealer in Exposure and Troubleshooters, is the Khashoggi I met that night in Aspen. A man that lived in a world of secrets and extravagance, but was a gentleman master of personal interaction.