Hamid Biglari. (YouTube grab)
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Iran, by its own admission, needs $150 billion of investment annually for many years ahead to repair the damage from a decade of isolation.Biglari brings together investors and Iranian power brokers, at conferences or private meetings, as he pushes to drum up interest in his homeland.Iran's diaspora and the technology industry have both been targets of Biglari's efforts.Iranian leaders have often regarded them as traitors.That experience could prove especially valuable to Iran, said Afshin Molavi, an Iran analyst and senior adviser at Oxford Analytica.The financier waited another year, concerned that Rouhani may fail to gain traction against hard-liners, before making his first trip to Iran in 37 years, in August 2014 .Domestic critics are still sniping at Rouhani, and they've started to notice Biglari too.Such designations carry real risks: Siamak Namazi, another Iranian-American who advocated closer ties with Western countries, and a partner in a consulting company that advised businesses seeking to invest in Iran, was arrested in Tehran last month, according to Taghato, a website for Iranian news.
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