Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Sovereign Man

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite people. Simon Black is a world traveler and international investor. He spends his days with boots on the ground checking out the fundamentals and more of global business opportunities. Every day he sends out his newsletter called the Notes from the Field. In his letter you will find priceless information from investing to travel tips and everything in between.

Before branching out on his own, Simon wrote a newsletter (Beyond Borders) for his good friend Doug Casey. Learning first hand from under the wing of the investing "Guru" himself, Simon was a quick study and became very successful and honed his skills in not only investing but also relationship building. His personality, experience and mystery have gained him access into many closed door meetings with some of the world's biggest players.
Meet Simon, in his own words:

"Simon Black has never been a conformist. Home schooled in
his early years by his European mother who spoke six languages and had an
accounting degree, Simon spent a significant portion of his formative
learning years sandwiched between romance languages and balance sheets. It
turns out that both would come in handy.

As far back as he could trace, his ancestors had been
staunchly independent- a pair of Italian bakers, an English explorer, a
Texas farmer, a small town real estate mogul, and a Chickasaw Indian hunter.
Self-reliance, freedom, and opportunism flowed through his veins, along with
a healthy distaste for convention.

By the time he reached high school, Simon was already
working the system to his favor, devising innovative schemes to put deals
together and make money... some of which occasionally landed him in the
custody of school administrators or the local police. As such, it was a
surprise to everyone when Simon successfully sought an appointment to the US
Military Academy at West Point. Everyone thought he would fail, and he was
determined to prove them wrong.

While at West Point, Simon excelled academically and
athletically, yet struggled with the regimentation of military life. And
though he never quite figured out how to shine his shoes properly, it was
during this time in his life that he harnessed his financial background and
began investing in the market.

Graduating near the top of his class, he opted for the
counter-culture lifestyle of an intelligence officer, and for the next
several years lived two lives-one of an entrepreneur and investor, the other
as an American intelligence officer in the Middle East and elsewhere.
During his military service and throughout multiple deployments, Simon
managed to start several businesses, including a real estate holding company
that exploited a little known government program that provided substantial,
guaranteed payments to landlords.

Happily enriched, idealistic, and patriotic, Simon
enthusiastically performed his duties with the honest opinion that he was
contributing to national defense... until the windup to the Iraq invasion.
He remembers vividly how US politicians made the case for Saddam's
nonexistent nuclear arsenal, and his idealism instantly tumbled.
Ironically, around the same time, Simon discovered the writings of HL
Mencken, Ayn Rand, and his future friend and mentor, Doug Casey.

Simon found an intellectual and philosophical home in the
common sense, anarcho-libertarian ideals espoused by these authors. And
though his life as an intelligence officer deployed overseas had been
thrilling to say the least, it was a misguided career in the service of
corrupt bureaucrats.

Simon left the military almost immediately, sold his US
assets, and began a long financial and philosophical journey that has taken
him to nearly 100 countries on 6 continents. Along the way he has
participated in dozens of interesting, profitable deals and become
associated with a unique cast of characters that includes heads of state,
billionaire investors, former mercenaries, celebrities, arms dealers, CEOs,
drug traffickers, NGO fat cats, as well as legions of bankers, brokers, and

Simon has created his life to be one of abundance in all areas. No matter where on earth he may be, you can bet that Simon has access through his network of connections. Offering value where ever he goes, he is defiantly one investor that you do want to have a part of your business venture...and not merely for his financial contribution but also his vase understanding of
the Global business world.

Be it China, Panama, Venezuela, Germany, Argentina or pretty much anywhere, Simon has built strong relationship with the top lawyers, bankers and government agents. Since these are usually the ones with their finger on the pulse of the business culture, they are who Simon spends most of his time with... that is when he is not in the gym. He is extremely self disciplined, self motivated and self reliant. However, "Despite any measure of success, Simon's ethos is not about money; it's about freedom."

If James Bond were a real person... his name would be Simon Black. This 007 is the real life version of adventure, excitement and charisma. "Simon is an international investor forever in search of the next investment and lifestyle opportunity." Through his daily writings, he shines a light on the real opposed to the one that the media has portrayed. Ranging from medical care to military, Simon fractures the stereotypes that most of the world has been spoon fed for the majority of their lives. His sharing inspires and motivates the reader to step past the F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real) and remove the limiting beliefs that are holding most of us back from creating the life of our dreams. Even if you have the ability to step outside of your own world to see the possibilities and opportunities that are waiting for you, I would still highly suggest that you sign up for this Simon's newsletter, 'Notes from the Field.'

Humbly Yours,


Marcia Johnson

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