Sasson: Nathan Khakhsouri’s best advice for me in life was never to get involved with women coworkers.
In Zürich, for a certain period of time, I had a smart young woman as office manager. She came from a wealthy Swiss family, was extremely beautiful, and always showed up to work wearing chic dresses and sexy makeup.
One day an Iranian customer living in Italy came to our office. Italian men are famous for their extremely salty eyes (the Persian way of saying that they have an eye for beautiful women), and it seemed that, in this respect at least, he had acclimated quite quickly. I took him to lunch in a restaurant, as I did with all my customers, and we had a friendly chat. As we were talking, he said: “You have a beautiful secretary.” Then he gave me a very meaningful look, and asked: “Do you take care of her?”
I answered: “I never get involved with my employees. Never have, never will!”
He said: “May I have a good time with her?”
This really upset me, and I said assertively: “Get this thought out of your head, because in our culture — Iranian culture — we treat workers as family members!”
The next day the Swiss secretary came into my office: “May I ask you a private question?”
“Of course!” I said.
She blushed and asked, embarrassed: “Is this Italian client of yours a serious person?”
“As far as I know,” I said, “he’s one of the most important traders in his country. Why?”
She said: “He invited me to come with him to Italy for the weekend and have fun. In return, he will give me a Porsche as a present!”
I, of course, warned the secretary to never do such things, because it could put her in great danger, but I did keep my business and social relations with the so called “latin lover” well into the 21st century.