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The First Family of Tobacco

For decades, the Oliva family of Tampa, Florida, has been supplying tobacco to many of the world's top makers of premium cigars.
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
James Woods, May/Jun 97

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Oliva: It's not so different. Maybe just that it is bigger now.

CA: You mean Oliva Tobacco Co...?

Oliva: No--the world. The future is in the generations that follow. For this reason I dedicate a large part of my financial resources to help organizations like The Boys and Girls Club, the Children's Home, the University of Tampa and other institutions that guide young people to a good and productive life. Oliva Tobacco Company has provided scholarships to people who are now doctors, professors and engineers. This is not just in the United States. We also do this in Central and South America, where opportunities are not as many.

CA: You are not a common man, Mr. Oliva. You are unique and blessed in your life, and I thank you so much for sharing your life with me today. [Oliva smiles shyly.] You have to admit, you've had quite a life.

Oliva: It was just my life...that's all.

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