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Let me entertain you: Pragma's Joe Tabet

Let me entertain you: Pragma's Joe Tabet

Pragma Group’s deal with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli to operate branded cafes, clubs and hotels around the world put the Lebanese firm on the map, but there is a lot more to the company than meets the eye. Chairman Joe Tabet reveals how it is on target to become a billion-dollar company and why it plans to launch an IPO in the next few years

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