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Ziad K. Abdelnour

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Ziad Abdelnour
Born (1960-12-03) December 3, 1960 (age 55)
Beirut, Lebanon
Occupation Author and President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc

Ziad K. Abdelnour is a Lebanese-born American investment banker and financier and activist on Lebanon-related issues. He is President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc., Founder & President of the Financial Policy Council and President & Founder of the U.S Committee for a Free Lebanon. [1]


Abdelnour was born in Beirut, Lebanon.[2] He received a BS degree in Economics in 1982 from the American University of Beirut an MBA degree in finance at Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.[3] [4]


Abdelnour was a founding member of the United States Committee for A Free Lebanon, an immigrant association lobbying the United States government to oppose Syria's influence in Lebanon, supporting the Syria Accountability Act.[5] He supported the neoconservative Middle East Forum, co-authoring a Forum study whose signatories included later George W. Bush administration officials Paula Dobriansky and Douglas Feith.[6]


Following graduation Abdelnour worked as an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert,[5] where he was a successful junk bond trader under Michael Milken.[2] In 2006 he founded his own investment company/private family office after a career on Wall Street trading physical commodities and advising and investing in privately held companies.[7] [8] [9]

In 2011 he wrote Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics, arguing that governments should focus on wealth creation, not job creation.[10] In early May 2013, the SEC settled a securities case with Abdelnour for a $25,000 fine and a five-year ban from the securities industry.[3]


Abdelnour, Ziad (2011). Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politic. Wiley. ISBN 1118150120. [11]


  1. ^ "United States Committee for a Free Lebanon". Source Watch. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Landon Thomas Jr. (August 1, 2006). "From Lebanese- American Financiers, Differing Views on the Strife". The New York Times. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Levine, Matt (13 May 2013). "Investment In Paranoid Fantasy Of Massive Global Conspiracy Less Lucrative Than Promised". Dealbreaker. Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ziad K. Abdelnour". Middle East Radio Forum. Middle East Radio Forum. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Amity Shlaes (September 30, 2002). "Freedom for Lebanon". Financial Times. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "To Beirut with a Bullet: The Armchair Invasion of Ziad Abdelnour". New York Press. September 23, 2003. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "About Us". Black Hawk Partners. Black Hawk Partners. Retrieved 25 February 2015. family office 
  8. ^ "Blackhawk Partners and Golden Sea Ways sign a 200 Million Euros Partnership Agreement to Fund". issuu. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics". wiley. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Jones, Forrest; Martella, Ashley (December 1, 2011). "Abdelnour: Government Needs to Let Businesses Create Jobs". Moneynews (Newsmax). 
  11. ^ "Customer Reviews". Amazon. Retrieved 14 April 2015.