Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the past events and people that helped shape me. Digging through photos and old boxes of memorabilia, I’ve been overwhelmed by powerful memories of unforgettable times. When I tell stories of my past, those who don’t know me think I’m making it up. I can honestly say I’ve lived a truly unique life thus far.
My Godfather was a royal prince from Saudi Arabia (Prince Ahmed bin Salman). My father was his best friend. I’ve spent time with most of the members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia. I’ve partied with the Sultan of Brunei. I’ve chatted with the Aga Khan. When kids my age were playing video games at home, I was in England, wearing a top hat and tails, eating lunch with the Queen. But this was all in the past. It is no longer.
I grew up in the horse business. It is truly the sport of kings. No business can open doors like the horse business. My Dad and Ahmed won nearly every major race in the world, including the Kentucky Derby and the English Derby (the only time I’ve seen my Dad cry in joy). We almost won the triple crown twice. We’ve bred and raced some of the greatest horses in history. Sharp Cat, Point Given, Spain, War Emblem, Royal Anthem, K.O. Punch and Dr. Fong are just a few of the names. What was it like? Words can NEVER describe.
But it all came tumbling down in a tragic series of events, including the unexpected death of Prince Ahmed. I truly miss him, as do I miss all those that surrounded him. Where would I be now if he were still alive? I dare not imagine. But I know now that it was these events that gave me the strength and raging ambition I possess. I’ve tasted the forbidden fruit and I must have more. That’s what it feels like. And for an entrepreneur, that’s not such a bad thing.
These days will return. I know that. I will continue on my entrepreneurial quest, ambitious yet humble as ever. And one day, I will dine with kings and queens once more.