NEED, RESPECT, TRUST – The memoir of a vision by Nemir Kirdar

25 Jul 2013


NEED, RESPECT, TRUST presents the inside story of the figure behind the internationally renowned investment bank Investcorp.

Intent on pursuing a career in public service in his native Iraq, the young Kirdar finds his aspirations brutally cut short by a coup d’état and the massacre of Iraq’s royal family. Seeing no future in Iraq, Kirdar flees to the United States to continue his studies. Persuaded to return and set up his own business, he is later incarcerated in a Ba’ath Party jail.

Released, he arrives for the second time on US shores with $800 in his pocket and begins training at the lowest level in New York’s banking industry. Through talent and application, he climbs the corporate ladder and ends up running Chase Manhattan’s business in the Arabian Gulf.

There a convergence of business and economic trends changes his life and leads him to create a new kind of banking institution. Built on integrity and principle, Investcorp becomes a bridge between the burgeoning oil wealth of the Gulf and alternative investment opportunities in the West on both sides of the Atlantic.

Need Respect Trust is the story of what happens when an ideal meets real life. Obstacles must constantly be overcome, and they have been; over three decades, Investcorp has revitalised some of the most iconic American and European companies, including Tiffany, Gucci, Chaumet, Club Car, Circle K and Breguet.

This is an inspirational book about what can be achieved through courage, vision, passion and leadership. NEED, RESPECT, TRUST is not only a fascinating memoir, but also a wise and superbly well-informed account of the uniquely difficult recent history of the Middle East.

Nemir Kirdar is an inspirational businessman who has succeeded in bridging the business principles of the Middle East and the West. He is founder, Executive Chairman and CEO of the global investment group, Investcorp, which has operations in New York, London and the Arabian Gulf. Now a British citizen, he was born in Iraq but left the country after the military coup of 1958. He is author of two previous books, Saving Iraq and In Pursuit of Fulfilment.

Praise for Saving Iraq:
“Part memoir, part history and part a pragmatic roadmap, Kirdar’s Saving Iraq brings clear insight and valuable substance into the complex issues of restoring Iraq to the stable, prosperous and civil society it once was.” – Dr Henry Kissinger.

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