Having pioneered country-branding meetings over 20 years ago, Richard Attias was responsible for the inaugural World Economic Forum conference in Cairo in 1996.
I needed seven years to return to Bulgaria to get to know it because I had only seen the airport," Cecilia Attias noted.
Sarkozy married model Carla Bruni six months after Attias left him.
Richard Attias, executive chairman of Richard Attias and Associates, said: "The focus for this year's forum will be to look at how ministries of sport and the private sector can work together to achieve more, as well as how we can deliver concrete solutions through sport to some of the world's biggest social challenges.
Despite the recession, Attias has remained active by assisting savvy foreign investors who have recognized that prices are down from what they were three years ago and that the time is now to buy a slice of the Big Apple.
Attias acknowledged that the timing could be better for such a visionary project.
Reflecting on the Forum's key themes, Attias noted the renewed sense of optimism among business leaders, embracing differences as a path to prosperity, supporting entrepreneurship, empowering women and "the ability to dream once again.
Richard Saul Wurman , creator of the TED and the TEDMED conferences, has joined forces with Richard Attias , the founder of the New York Forum and the former producer of the World Economic Forum in Davos, to launch the 555 conference , the first global future-focused forum.
Dubai Event Management chief executive officer Richard Attias said: "Reflecting the vision of Dubai's leadership, which considers building capacity of its present and future generations as its top priority, we are delighted to appoint Al Redha as Project Director in the Sports Division at the Corporation.
JERRY Hall and Tim Attias couldn't look more in love if they tried.
The Emma Lazarus Special Recognition Awardees, who were honored for their dynamic leadership in business, were: Sarah Attias Dunn, Clara Fox, William Macklowe, Frank Ricci, Andrew Rosenwach, Frederick Rudd, Anita Sapirman, Caroline Triefler, Robert Vacarello and Stuart Zisholtz.
Richard Attias, Founder of The New York Forum and Founder and Chairman of Richard Attias & Associates (Photo: Business Wire)