Warum Schweizer Erdölhändler die Finger von Iran lassen

November 5, 2018

Das amerikanische Embargo gegen iranisches Erdöl hat keine rechtliche Grundlage in der Schweiz und in der EU. Dennoch wollen sich Schweizer Rohwarenhändler daran halten. Der Arm der USA ist lange. Read the rest of this entry »


Rusal auf den Spuren von Marc Rich

May 10, 2018

NZZlogDie amerikanischen Sanktionen lasten auf Rusal. Das erinnert an Iran. Damals half Marc Rich dem Gottesstaat. Könnte Rusal dieses Kunststück auch gelingen? Read the rest of this entry »


Tod eines Dealers

July 15, 2013

spiegelonline_logoSeinen letzten Firmensitz hatte der Vater des modernen Rohstoffhandels über einem Bistro. Im Erdgeschoss des Bürogebäudes Baarerstraße 53 in Zug am Zugersee preist “Monsieur Baguette” in bunten Lettern Schweizer Birchermüesli, Brötli und Ovomaltine an, daneben wirbt ein Friseur mit großen Postern um Kundschaft. Aber auf Etage vier, vor der Zentrale der millionenschweren Holding, hängt nur ein diskretes Schild mit der Aufschrift “MRI Group of Companies”. Seinen vollen Namen hat Marc Rich ja öfter gelesen, als ihm lieb war. Und seine besten Geschäfte hat er gemacht, als ihn noch nicht so viele kannten.

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Oil King Marc Rich Dead At 78

July 15, 2013

forbes_logo_mainCommodities kingpin and fugitive American ex-pat Marc Rich died today from a stroke at the age of 78 in a hospital in Lucerne, Switzerland. Rich was the founder in 1974 of Marc Rich & Co. AG, a pioneering oil-trading firm. Beginning with a management buyout in 1994, the firm eventually became what is today Glencore Xstrata, the world’s largest commodities trading house. The Belgian-born Rich started out at the bottom but became a powerful and shadowy figure in financial circles.

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Marc Rich, Financier and Famous Fugitive, Dies at 78

July 15, 2013

nyt-global-edition-masthead-logoMarc Rich, a shrewd, swashbuckling oil trader who fled to Switzerland after being indicted on charges of widespread tax evasion, illegal dealings with Iran and other crimes, and who was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton in his last hours in office, setting off a whirlwind of criticism, died on Wednesday in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was 78.

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Der Schattenmann

September 2, 2011

Diskretion machte Marc Rich zum wohl reichsten Ölhändler der Welt und zum langjährigen Herrscher über Glencore, eines der mächtigsten Rohstoff-Imperien der Welt. Das Porträt eines umstrittenen Mannes.

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Revelações de um corretor de negócios muito amigo de governos

August 28, 2011

“Rei do Petróleo – A Vida Secreta de Marc Rich”, Daniel Ammann. Novo Século. 326 págs., R$ 39,90

Personagem-chave na criação do mercado spot de petróleo, Marc Rich era reverenciado, desde os anos 1970, como um dos mais bem-sucedidos corretores de commodities. Até que, em 1983, foi acusado, nos Estados Unidos, de sonegação fiscal e de fazer negócios com um país inimigo, o Irã (entre outros). Rich fugiu para a Suiça, de onde nunca mais voltou, apesar de tentativas do governo americano para extraditá-lo, e mesmo de sequestrá-lo. O livro de Daniel Ammann, jornalista suiço, é o resultado de mais de 30 horas de conversas com Rich, que lhe falou sobre sua vida e seus negócios com petróleo, nos quais esteve envolvido até os anos 1990. Ammann também ouviu colaboradores, amigos, parentes e funcionários do governo americano.

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O rei do petróleo

August 28, 2011

O REI DO PETROLEO – A VIDA SECRETA DE MARC RICH  – Livro de Daniel Ammann – Novo Seculo Editora – 2011 – Obra recem publicada nos EUA e no Brasil com a biografia do maior especulador de petroleo dos tempos modernos, Marc Rich, judeu belga cuja familia fugiu de Antuerpia em 1940 e depois de muitas peripécias chegou a Nova York pelo lendario vapor português Serpa Pinto, cuja historia já postei aqui no blog. Marc Rich começou sua vida  na famosa trading de metais Philip Brothers, a PHIBRO, muito conhecida no Brasil e que tinha escritorio em São Paulo. Read the rest of this entry »


Das Geheimnis des Rohstoffgiganten

May 11, 2011

Ein schillernder Gründer, diskrete Geschäfte und satte Milliardengewinne: Der Rohstoffkonzern Glencore ist das größte Unternehmen der Schweiz, jetzt drängt es an die Börse. Den bisher so verschwiegenen Managern beschert das Probleme – und der Öffentlichkeit Einblicke in eine verborgene Welt. Read the rest of this entry »


Glencore rises from four-room flat

April 15, 2011

Originally operating from a small apartment in central Switzerland’s Zug canton, commodities specialist Glencore has evolved over 37 years into a giant of the sector valued at around $US60 billion ($A57.25 billion). Read the rest of this entry »


Aus einem Zuger Quartier auf die Fahndungsliste des FBI

April 15, 2011

Die Schweizer Firma Glencore gab heute den grössten Börsengang des Jahres bekannt. Die ersten Geschäfte des Unternehmens wurden aus der Vier-Zimmer-Wohnung des zweifelhaften Gründers Marc Rich getätigt. Read the rest of this entry »


Rich and infamous skeleton in the cupboard

April 12, 2011

Glencore’s looming flotation, in which the company could be valued at $60 billion, will bring the Swiss commodities trader into the public eye for the first time, forcing it to confront its controversial past. Read the rest of this entry »


The biggest company you never heard of

March 11, 2011

On Christmas Eve 2008, in the depths of the global financial crisis, Katanga Mining accepted a lifeline it could not refuse. Read the rest of this entry »


Der große Unbekannte

January 30, 2011

Obwohl Marc Rich in den 1970er-Jahren mit einer Handvoll Partnern das Kartell der Ölmultis zerschlug und zum Milliardär wurde, blieb er weiterhin der große Unbekannte der Weltwirtschaft. Mit der Diskretion des „King of Oil“ ist es wegen des lukrativen Börsengangs von Glencore vorbei. Read the rest of this entry »


Founding father backs Glencore IPO

January 29, 2011

Marc Rich, founder of the Swiss trading house that evolved into Glencore, says the group has little choice but to become a public company, despite believing that secrecy is an advantage in the commodities market. In his first interview in at least 20 years, Mr Rich backed Glencore’s steps to become a public company this year and even said he planned to buy shares in the business that he sold in 1993. Read the rest of this entry »


Der Ölhändler von Castro und Khomeini

January 29, 2011

Dass Bücher über ökonomische Themen nicht per se trocken oder zu theoretisch sind, beweist das Buch von Daniel Ammann über Marc Rich, das sich stellenweise wie ein Thriller liest. Dass es sich trotzdem um ein seriöses Buch handelt, zeigt die Verleihung des renommierten Georg-von-Holtzbrinck-Preises für Wirtschaftspublizistik an den Autor. Ammann schreibt über den wohl mächtigsten Rohstoffhändler aller Zeiten, Marc Rich. Er stand 17 Jahre wegen Steuerbetrugs und Geschäften mit dem Iran auf der Fahndungsliste der am meisten gesuchten Männer der USA, bis ihn Präsident Bill Clinton an seinem letzten Amtstag im Januar 2001 begnadigte. Read the rest of this entry »


“Marc Rich – Der König des Öls”

October 6, 2010

Die Amerikaner schickten zwei ihrer besten Agenten auf die heikle Mission: Howard Safir, den späteren Polizeichef von New York, und Chefinspektor Don Ferrarone, eine Legende, seit er mitgeholfen hatte, den größten Drogenring der Vereinigten Staaten zu zerschlagen. Getarnt als harmlose Touristen, reisten die beiden Undercover-Polizisten im Herbst 1985 in die Schweiz ein. Ihre Mission, das wussten sie genau, würde die freundschaftlichen Beziehungen zu den Eidgenossen nachhaltig stören: Sie wollten hinter dem Rücken der Behörden einen Geschäftsmann entführen, der sich vor der amerikanischen Justiz ins schweizerische Städtchen Zug abgesetzt hatte. Read the rest of this entry »


“Man nannte ihn einen Teufel”

October 5, 2010

Marc Rich war der mächtigste Rohstoffhändler der Welt. Eine Biografie beleuchtet seinen Aufstieg und Fall. Read the rest of this entry »


The Financial Times on The King of Oil

July 11, 2010

The Financial Times just published an excellent article about Glencore, its origin and its future. The King of Oil – The Secret Lives of Marc Rich was an important source and is quoted in the article:

Amid such profound changes, Glencore started to plot a new future. Such plans will move the group further from its origins under Marc Rich, an oil trader who founded the business under the name of Marc Rich + Co in 1974, and sold to management in 1993. According to Daniel Ammann’s book, The Secret Lives of Marc Rich, the founder – who made a lot of money from deals with countries shunned by others, such as apartheid South Africa and Iran – sold the company to management for about $600m, a figure Mr Rich said was not far from reality. Read the rest of this entry »


“Suspenseful chronicle”

July 11, 2010

It’s as if God gives some people gifts and challenges designed to make their life pathways inevitable. Consider Marc Rich, the international commodity trading billionaire largely responsible for the inception of the spot oil market and financial globalization. Read the rest of this entry »


“Carefully Researched Biography”

June 17, 2010

Marc Rich has been described as the world’s biggest commodities trader, the inventor of the spot oil market, a traitor, and the savior of Israel and Jamaica. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Sanctions Against Iran Will (Almost Surely) Fail

June 3, 2010

Iran is coming under even greater pressure to curb its nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a fresh round of sanctions against the country. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that the draft resolution is even “somewhat stronger” than he expected. According to the New York Times, even the very lucrative energy sector is mentioned in the preamble, noting the “potential connection between Iran’s revenues derived from its energy sector” and possible financing for its nuclear program. Read the rest of this entry »


石油之王:马克·里奇的秘密人生

May 17, 2010

谁能想到一个身无分文的欧洲大屠杀事件的幸存者,能够通过自己坚忍不拔的努力最终跻身为美国最富有的富豪之一?又有谁能够想到一个穷困潦倒的犹太难民的后 裔,能够凭借石油贸易一举成为世界上最有权势的大宗商品经销商,成为当之无愧的“石油之王”?马克·里奇是20世纪最有权势、也最具争议的贸易商人之一。 他的生活也总是异常受人关注,他与生活了20多年的妻子离婚,他的离婚代价不菲;他神通广大,与许多政治敏感国家关系友好,并与它们进行石油贸易;他在美 国臭名昭著,是美国“历史上最大的逃税案”的主犯,被认为是“叛国者”,遭到国际通缉。但无疑,马克·里奇是幸运的,2001年1月,当比尔·克林顿总统 在位的最后一天他终于得到赦免。这一切就构成了世人眼中的马克·里奇。他永远都不褪色的一生充满了神秘的传奇色彩。




“Sanctions On Iran Will Fail”

April 1, 2010

Hillary Clinton telling Iran that the US is looking for sanctions that bite is like telling them they’re going to be grounded and cannot go outside. Sanctions don’t work as far as political threats are concerned in the Middle East – at best they are “hit or miss.” And as reported in Daniel Ammann’s new book, The King of Oil, Israel got 60-90% of its oil from Iran at a time that they weren’t officially recognized because it was in everyone’s interest to be business partners although publicly they had to “not save face” and remain bitter enemies.

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“Iran Sanctions: The Sobering Lessons of Marc Rich”

March 22, 2010

Think Sanctions Will Work? Oil Trader Marc Rich Made A Fortune Off Them Before Bill Clinton Pardoned Him. Read the rest of this entry »


Forbes – The World’s Billionaires

March 11, 2010

#937 Marc Rich

Net Worth: $1.0 bil
Fortune: Self Made
Source: commodities
Age: 75
Country Of Citizenship: United States
Residence: Meggen
Education: New York U, Drop Out
Marital Status: Divorced, 2 children

NYU dropout started career in mail room of Philipp Brothers in 1954. With long-term partner Pincus Green, built Phibro into world’s largest trader of oil, grain, metals. Left mid-1970s, founded Marc Rich & Co. Fled to Europe 1983 after being indicted for trading with Iran during hostage crisis, evading $50 million in taxes. Duo pardoned by Clinton 2001. Born in Antwerp, Belgium 1934, spent childhood in Philadelphia, Kansas City, New York. Now resides in Switzerland; has given more than $100 million to Jewish causes and leukemia research. Lost millions to Madoff. Net worth estimate likely low.

Recent book by Swiss journalist Daniel Ammann says Rich revealed in interviews his extensive dealings with Iran, Cuba, South Africa; said he provided intelligence to U.S. diplomats about regimes while on the run.

source: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/10/billionaires-2010_Marc-Rich_THOQ.html


“Glencore is Marc Rich’s legacy”

March 2, 2010

It’s a well-known fact that oil made Marc Rich the world’s richest and most powerful commodities trader. Oil also made Rich – born Marcell David Reich – infamous around the world for his illegal deals with Iran during the hostage crisis almost 30 years ago. But what few people know is that metals – rather than oil – are responsible for kicking off and ultimately ending his career, Daniel Ammann, author of Rich biography “The King of Oil” reveals. Read the rest of this entry »


“Marc Rich speaks..but what did he say?”

February 14, 2010

The Barrel

Marc Rich has finally spoken. He’s spoken a lot, apparently, to Daniel Ammann, and even took a picture with him. That in itself is newsworthy, because The King of Oil, as the title of the book written by Ammann describes Rich, has talked very little over the years. Read the rest of this entry »


“His good name was everything to him”

February 5, 2010

Marc Rich: Billionaire businessman and philanthropist, or crook? Most loyal of men, or traitor? This book won’t tell you, but it will leave you well informed about the most enigmatic of men. Read the rest of this entry »


“They needed traders like Marc Rich.”

November 19, 2009

Daniel Ammann is the author of The King of Oil: the Secret Lives of Marc Rich and business
editor of Swiss weekly Die Weltwoche. Kieran Leahy spoke to him about the subject of his book. Read the rest of this entry »


Marc Rich Spills His Secrets

November 18, 2009
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The fugitive financier’s biographer talks to Allan Dodds Frank about Rich’s global commodities empire, his connection to U.S. intelligence, and how he bribed world leaders.

Everyone has a favorite fugitive. Hollywood loves Roman Polanski; the Taliban worship Osama bin Laden. For me and dozens of other reporters who have intermittently chased Marc Rich over the last three decades, the commodities trader has been the man most tantalizingly on the lam.

Now comes the journalistic coup by Daniel Ammann, an intrepid Swiss business journalist who, after years of trying to interview Rich, sits down, writes him a long letter full of loaded questions, and astonishingly convinces Rich to be interviewed at length—on the record—for The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich. Much of Rich’s story has long been suspected, but hard to prove. Read the rest of this entry »