“The sons of Adam are limbs of each other,
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time affects one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others,
You are unworthy to be called by the name of a Human.”
Philanthropist, investor, entrepreneur and international businessman, Reza Mostafavi Tabatabaei’s bases his personal decree upon the poetry of iconic 13th century Iranian poet Sa’adi. The words above are written on the entrance of the United Nations building. The passage above implies that there should be a unity amongst humanity regardless of where you come from or what you do.
In regards to the motivational passage above, Mostafavi Tabatabaei believes that having strong morals in place, such as having empathy for others, helping someone when they are in distress and knowing that no one is better than the next person,is they key to succeeding in the shrewd business marketplace.
As a philanthropist, Mostafavi Tabatabaei is committed to helping others that don’t have a voice and has pursued this on a global scale. He is in development to help build medical facilities in undeveloped, rural areas in his native Iran. He has also provided monetary relief for survivors of the Iran’s BAM earthquake disaster.
Mostafavi Tabatabaei is also committed to the fight against AIDS and strongly believes in HIV research. Mostafavi Tabatabaei’s favorite organization in this sector is amfAR, which is a leader in HIV/AIDS research.
Reza is a pioneer in bringing financing and leasing facilities for his clients. Currently, he is credited with providing all the facilities and land rigs for many customers- 40 land rigs in the Middle East region alone. He stands out in the field by offering different financial options to his customers that go above and beyond his competitors. He plans to eventually establish one division in his company that will be a philanthropic arm.
He credits business titans Bill Gates, Warren Buffett , Chung Ju-Yung founder of Hyundai company, Richard Branson founder of Virgin Group for inspiring him.
Aside from the poetry of the famed Sa’adi, Mostafavi Tabatabaei also enjoys reading the works of French poet, Alexandre Dumas, Persian poets Saadi Shirazi and Hafez, Persian mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam, the legendary Charles Dickens. He also enjoys reading Iranian poem and literature.
Mostafavi Tabatabaei has traveled the world for work and pleasure, especially enjoys taking in sculpture and painting collections in famed museums such as the Louvre in France, Uffizi Gallery Italy, and the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
In his spare time, Mostafavi Tabatabaei enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, meditation, mindfulness exercises, skiing, swimming, playing ping-pong.