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Mr. Erik D. Prince

Wrong Erik D. Prince?
 
Background

Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer
    Blackwater
  • Owner
    Blackwater
  • Chairman
    Blackwater

Education

  • the United States Naval Academy
  • Hillsdale College
  • US Naval Academy
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Web References
Erik ...
www.fsgroup.com, 10 Feb 2015 [cached]
Erik Prince
Executive Director and Chairman
Erik D. Prince is an executive director and the Chairman of FSGL. Mr Prince is a US-born entrepreneur, philanthropist, military veteran and private equity investor with business interests in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America in the fields of logistics, aviation services, manufacturing, natural resource development and energy. He is the founder and chairman of Frontier Resource Group, a private equity firm active across the African continent in areas such as exploration, mining and energy development.
Mr Prince is the founder of Blackwater, a global private security company, which he sold in 2010 after successfully growing the company over the course of more than a decade into the premier provider of global security and logistics solutions to the US Government and others. In addition, Mr Prince purchased Presidential Airways in 2003 and grew it from a one-plane operation into a global logistics and aviation business with over 70 fixed and rotary wing aircraft operating in Africa, the Middle East and North America; he sold the company in 2010. Mr Prince was educated at Hillsdale College. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a Navy SEAL officer until 1996.
BlackwaterUSA and many other photos
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Prince, it turned out, had been thinking along the same lines.
As his SEAL career took him to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Prince said, he realized the men were not getting "the cutting-edge training they needed to ensure success."
"In a letter home while I was deployed, I outlined the vision that is today Blackwater," the media-shy Prince said in a rare e-mail interview last week.
Prince and Clark mapped out plans for more than a year.
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That's when Clark discovered Prince was no ordinary SEAL.
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"I was in the unusual position after the sale of the family business to self-fund this endeavor," Prince said.
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But Worthington said Prince and the Blackwater people won over Camden County officials.
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Q&A: Interview with Blackwater founder Erik Prince
Not everyone is thrilled with the company's growth. Neighbors have complained about noise, traffic and proximity to firing ranges.
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"So I wrote a Web site and mailed it to Erik Prince on a 3½-inch disk," he said.
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Even with the luxury of Prince's financial backing, "we were a very small business in the beginning," Jackson said.
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Ultimately, Blackwater's struggle to forge its identity resulted in a parting of the ways between Prince and his early collaborator Clark, who left the company in 2000.
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In an e-mail interview, Blackwater founder Erik Prince said: "Given the sensational tone of the media coverage our industry receives, it is understandable that there are calls for more regulation."
In the end, though, an unfettered marketplace is self-regulating, Prince said:
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Erik Prince, the company's reclusive founder, is reportedly in attendance, but as usual, he steers clear of the spotlight.
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Prince may choose to stay in the background, but his company is bent on polishing its image.
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Erik Prince's sister Betsy, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, is married to Dick DeVos, billionaire son of the founder of marketing giant Amway and this year's likely Republican candidate for governor of Michigan.
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Erik Prince went to private schools in Michigan, earned his pilot's license at 17 and attended the U.S. Naval Academy. He later joined the Navy and was deployed with a SEAL team.
Prince was living in Virginia Beach when he founded Blackwater in 1996. He now runs the Prince Group, Blackwater's parent company, from an office in McLean, Va.
His first wife, Joan, died of cancer in 2003. He has since remarried, and has six children.
Prince is a board member of Christian Freedom International, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world.
Since 1998, he has made nearly $200,000 in contributions to Republican committees and candidates, including President Bush and indicted former House leader Tom DeLay, according to Federal Election Commission records.
Erik Prince (born June 6 , 1969 in Holland, Michigan ) is the founder and owner of the military support contractor Blackwater USA . A millionaire and former US Navy SEAL , after high school he briefly attended the United States Naval Academy before attending and graduating from Hillsdale College . After college, he earned a commission in the United States Navy after joining in 1992, and served as a Navy SEAL officer on deployments to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, including Bosnia.
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, Erik moved to Virginia Beach and personally financed the formation of Blackwater USA at the age of 27.
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The company is wholly owned by Erik Prince and does not release financial figures, but estimates of their income range wildly from $100 million to $600 million per year.
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It wasn't until Erik Prince picked up his first security contract from the CIA (with then VP of Security Jamie Smith) that income began to flow.
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Prince even his own development and heavy construction company that will benefit from the increased activity at Moyock.
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Unlike more conservative companies like DynCorp, Olive, Triple Canopy, HART, ArmorGroup, MVM and others Blackwater and Erik Prince have worked hard to build a culture of Blackwater.
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Its owner, Erik Prince, is a major Republican campaign contributor and his company has received more than $85 million worth of U.S. government contracts. Over 20 Blackwater employees have been killed in Iraq.
Tags: Iraq in Crisis | ISIS/Islamic ...
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Tags: Iraq in Crisis | ISIS/Islamic State | Middle East | Syria | Erik Prince | ISIS | Islamic State
Erik Prince: My Group Could Have Crushed ISIS Image: Erik Prince: My Group Could Have Crushed ISIS
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Erik Prince, chairman of Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater USA. (Lauren Petracca/mlive.com/Landov)
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Blasting the Obama administration, Erik Prince, former Navy SEAL and founder of the controversial one-time "private security" or "mercenary" firm Blackwater, says his group could have crushed the Islamic State (ISIS) without putting American combat troops on the ground.
In a discussion before the Maverick PAC, featuring four-star Gen. James Conway, Prince said, "It's a shame the administration crushed my old business because, as a private organization, we could've solved the boots-on-the-ground issue," The Daily Beast reported.
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The Obama administration severed most government ties with the group, which had provided mercenary troops in Iraq, and Prince, now based in Abu Dhabi, insists he will never again work for the U.S. government.
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On "The O'Reilly Factor," Prince told Bill O'Reilly that his company could have destroyed the Islamic State.
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"It's possible and it's doable," Prince declared.
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"America is bearing the war on terror with our blood and treasure and that has to stop," Prince, author of the book "Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror," told O'Reilly.
Was the U.N. targeting Blackwater founder ...
www.hiiraan.com, 2 Jan 2015 [cached]
Was the U.N. targeting Blackwater founder Erik Prince on Somalia? -Wpost 1/2/2015 2:07 PM EST Was Blackwater founder Erik Prince trying to avoid legal trouble with the United Nations when he allegedly distanced himself from a Web site called “The Somalia Report?â€
Was the U.N. targeting Blackwater founder ...
www.hiiraan.com, 2 Jan 2015 [cached]
Was the U.N. targeting Blackwater founder Erik Prince on Somalia?
Blackwater Founder, Erik Prince
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Was Blackwater founder Erik Prince trying to avoid legal trouble with the United Nations when he allegedly distanced himself from a Web site called “The Somalia Report?â€
It depends on who you believe in a marathon legal battle being waged in a Northern Virginia court between Prince, founder of what was once the world’s most notorious security contracting firm, and a former business partner, journalist Robert Young Pelton.
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In his lawsuit against Prince, Pelton claims that Prince made an agreement in 2010 to invest in the writer’s “The Somalia Report,†a news source on piracy and kidnappings. But Prince denies he ever made the agreement, and Pelton thinks he knows why.
In his court documents, Pelton argues that a U.N. monitoring group’s 2012 report implicated Prince of “suspected violations†of the United Nations 1992 arms embargo on Somalia. His motion argues that Prince was “suspected to have been affiliated†with a private security contractor called Saracen International Lebanon that helped establish the counter-piracy Puntland Maritime Police Force in Somalia. It was dubbed “the most brazen violation of the arms embargo by a private security company†in the U.N. monitoring group’s report.
“Given the severe legal consequences that could result from his alleged involvement in these violations of international law,†Pelton says in court documents, “it is perhaps not surprising that Prince would be highly motivated to deny his personal involvement in contracting for and financing the Somalia Report in this case.â€
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Prince is listed in the credits as an interviewee and someone who helped provide videos and photographs.
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