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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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CA: Your intuition was right. Do you believe your foresight was responsible for saving your company?

Oliva: It was important to my company, because it gave me time to plan. If I waited too long, it would have been too late.

CA: What happened to the company?

Oliva: I liquidated the company immediately. I knew the peso would be worthless in a very short time, and it was important for me to pay my employees in dollars.

CA: Why was it import-ant to pay them in dollars?

Oliva: Because they were very good people; good to me.

CA: I'll bet you would have loved to have seen their faces when they received American dollars.

Oliva: I did see them. I paid all my employees every week.

CA: You mean you literally handed your workers their pay?

Oliva: Oh, yes!

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