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7:00pm EDT December 27, 2007
Where were you born?

Nazareth, Israel

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Warren Buffett. [He’s] very successful acquiring companies, he’s hands on, he knows operations and his way of living is something that I admire, and he hasn’t let all the money get in the way of what he wants to do.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a leader?

You might hire someone and they are here for a while, and they grow and reach their limit and they’ve capped out, how do you then bring somebody new without losing that person who can still add value but that just can’t step up to the next level?

What was your very first job?

I worked at a grocery store as a carryout boy when I was 16.

Who is your favorite superhero and why?

My son Eric. He’s an individual, he’s 23 years old, that has a handicap, and he never really let his handicap get in his way. He’s gone on to act and do whatever he wanted, so he’s my favorite hero.

The Gores Group fast fact: The firm’s private equity capital fund has committed equity capital of $1.3 billion.