Tamir Sapir was a Georgian billionaire who cofounded the Sapir Organization, a real-estate company that partnered with the Trump Organization in the development of Trump SoHo and actively pursued a deal to develop Trump Tower Moscow in 2013.
According to a Georgian news outlet, Sapir studied at the academy of the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs, and court documents suggest that he had ties to, but ultimately turned on, influential figures in the world of Russian organized crime. According to Politico, Trump once called Sapir “a great friend” and hosted Sapir’s daughter’s wedding. Sapir died August 2014. (Photo credit: Mark Von Holden / WireImage)