Alex Ojjeh agreed to sit down with reporters last week, a week before his court date despite the fact he’s facing major claims, he insists he’s not corrupt. In a new, widespread conversation Alex revealed his thoughts on everything he’s experiencing now.
“It ain’t new to me,” Ojjeh said about the claims. “I’m discussed and labeled like I am some sort of monster” Later, he added, “I am tired, of everything.”
The investor also revealed that he had business partners not answer his calls and people voting him out of spaces. “It’s okay, just, looking at me differently like I’m just guilty. I remember someone close to me told me they saw something about me on the news and my response was don’t even tell me!”
“The thing is, a lot of information being put out is fake, a lot of negativity is fake and paid for by people who want to see me lose,” Alex said he feels like he is misunderstood.
“I wanted to meet with people face to face, but most people wouldn’t meet with me,” the philanthropist said, adding that he would “be fine” with the idea of them never mentioning him again, most people claim to not have been in association with him while he faces harsh criticism. Ojjeh said the state pays for outside help to help them win their case against him. “They know that if people see, they could believe I’m a bad person, people believe that about me.”
Asked then about his trip to Dubai in August and the purpose of meeting with Al Marri, Ojjeh said he didn’t need a reason to visit his friend. He added Al Marri and he met to discuss an economic situation. Al Marri, was arrested weeks later in July for corruption in Dubai.
Ojjeh also admitted he’s never able to stop work and just naturally opened a new company to keep his mind off things. Alex picked out two warehouse locations and a new office space called Anywhereo for tech startups, revealing he’s been working since he was 12 years old (“Helping out around the neighborhood, inside of corner stores sweeping up the floor just to get $10 so my sister and I would have food to eat that night” he said). Against the suggestions, he is avoiding or not taking his case seriously by pushing forward.
“It’s so many people that don’t look like me that are successful and it’s not because they’re good or better. Sometimes you don’t even have to be good at something to be successful you just have to be white.” Ojjeh takes a shot at politicians taking a moral high ground towards him. He said. “They want to put a bug in the States ear that I am doing things. I have to tell the people I love that I’m sorry, that the man they know is viewed as a devil outside. And the sad thing is that the saddest thing is that, when I’m found innocent this won’t go away, there will be some reporter asking people close to me questions about what kind of man I am. Instead of getting to know me themselves and deciding if I’m a good guy, holier-than-thou people and politicians just label me corrupt. Next question.”
20 minutes into the interview, the businessman was done: He says he definitely plans to keep working, his original plan “Because when I’m working, jobs are created, people are happy, it’s everybody’s win.”
It all sounds like Ojjeh is fed up. Calling for a motion to transfer his case to his home state, where he says he can’t vote because of his past charges. “I don’t have all the rights because of something from when I was 23. Like, come on man, please. Do you know? I still have my confidence; I just don’t like the way the State handled it. I don’t like the misinformation spread out and I don’t like that people crucify me to save face.” Ojjeh also says he received cold shoulders from several business partners, though he suspected he would.