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David Hoskins: Money, Women & Power

David lived a party fueled lifestyle as an international businessman until his dealings with the Russian mafia backfired. Read Transcript


DAVID HOSKINS HAD ONE PASSION

AS A YOUNG BOY.

HE WANTED TO BE LIKE JAMES BOND.

JAMES BOND HAS THE RESPECT OF

EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW.

HE DROVE THE LATEST SPORTS CARS.

HE TRAVELED ET SO EXOTIC PLACES.

HE WAS SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL

WOMEN.

DAVID WAS AWKWARD AND DIDN'T

HAVE MANY FRIENDS.

I WAS REALLY POOR AT SPORTS.

I JUST HAD A TERRIBLE

SELF-IMAGE.

SO WHEN YOU GROW UP WITH THAT,

YOU START LOOKING FOR WAYS TO

GET ATTENTION.

YOU START LOOKING AT WHAT'S

GOING TO BRING ME VALUE.

HOW DO I GET ATTENTION FROM

PEOPLE.

AS THE SON OF AN EVANGELIST,

DAVID GREW UP GOING TO CHURCH,

BUT HIS DAD WAS OFTEN AWAY

BECAUSE OF HIS MINISTRY

OBLIGATIONS.

I DIDN'T GET A LOT OF TIME

WITH MY DAD.

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT SHOULD

LOVE ME THE MOST, AND IF THEY'RE

NOT GIVING ME THEIR TIME, WHAT'S

WRONG WITH ME?

SO HE LOOKED FOR OTHER WAYS

TO GET THE ATTENTION HE CRAIFD.

CRAIFD -- CRAVED.

MAKING MONEY WAS BETTER THAN

SPORTS BECAUSE THAT GOT YOU

IMMEDIATELY RECOGNITION AND

RESPECT ANYWHERE.

THE ONLY REASON I WANTED MONEY

WAS BECAUSE I WANTED WOMEN.

BUT HE NEEDED A PLAN.

SO WHEN THE BERLIN WALL FELL IN

1989, DAVID SAW A BUSINESS

OPPORTUNITY.

HE TURNED TO HIS FATHER FOR

HELP.

WE'D SEEN T.V. OF WHAT WAS

HAPPENING IN THE FORMER SOVIET

UNION WITH LINES OF PEOPLE

STANDING UP WAITING IN LINE FOR

BASIC NEEDS.

SO MY DAD GAVE ME 500 BUCKS AND

CHRIS CREDIT CARD, WE BOUGHT A

TICKET AND I WENT TO RUSSIA.

DAVID DISCOVERED HE HAD A

KNACK FOR BUSINESS.

HE STARTED A PRINTING COMPANY

AND THEN EXPANDED INTO OTHER

AREAS.

I STARTED CONTRACTING WITH

BIG U.S. COMPANIES THAT KNEW THE

BUSINESS WAS IN RUSSIA.

THE MONEY WAS POURING IN.

THEN HE MADE CONNECTIONS WITH

THE RUSSIAN MAFIA TO SECURE HIS

BUSINESS.

YOU HAD WHAT WAS CALLED THE

MAN THAT DID THE BUSINESS.

YOU HAD YOUR ROOF.

AND THE ROOF WAS THE PERSON THAT

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS AND MADE

SURE THAT YOU'D GET PAID.

THEY WERE THE REAL MAFIA AT THAT

POINT.

THROUGHOUT THE TIME WE DID

BUSINESS THERE, ABOUT 20% OF

YOUR EXPENSE WAS SECURITY, WAS

AS YOUR BUSINESS GREW, THE MORE

GUYS YOU HAD TO HIRE, ALMOST

THIS PERSONAL ARMY, TO MAKE SURE

THAT PEOPLE RESPECTED YOU.

HE EXPANDED HIS BUSINESSES TO

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS.

I HAD CLUBS.

I HAD STRIP CLUBS.

WE DID BIG RAVES.

USUALLY HAVE ECSTASY RIGHT

AROUND 7:00.

BY 8:00, 9:00 WE WERE DOING COKE

UNTIL 4:00, 5:00 IN THE MORNING.

HAVE A JOINT IN THE MORNING TO

CALM DOWN.

DO THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN DAY

AFTER DAY.

DAVID FELT INVINCIBLE.

HE HAD THE MONEY, WOMEN AND

POWER.

BUT HIS FAMILY BACK IN AMERICA

NEVER GAVE UP ON HIM.

MY PARENTS HAD ALWAYS BEEN

PRAYING FOR ME.

DAVID'S LIFE BEGAN TO FALL

APART.

IT STARTED AT A RAVE PARTY.

I HAD HAD THE BAR MAN PUT

SOME ECSTASY IN THE PUNCH BOWL.

HE INVITED THE HEADS OF MAFIA

FROM ALL OVER RUSSIA.

ONE OF THE WIVES OF ONE OF THE

TOP GUYS HAD AN ALLERGIC

REACTION TO THE PUNCH AND THEY

HAD TO RUSH HER TO THE EMERGENCY

WARD.

AFTERWARD, THE MAFIA FAMILIES

TURNED AGAINST HIM.

THEY TOOK OVER HIS BUSINESSES.

AND ONE DAY HE LOST EVERYTHING.

THEY SPARED HIS LIFE, BUT STILL

HE HAD TO ANSWER TO THE MOB

BOSS.

THEY MADE ME AN OFFER I

COULDN'T REFUSE AND SAID I HAD

TO LEAVE ST. PETERSBURG,

BASICALLY IN EXILE.

WHEN I GOT TO MOSCOW, I WAS AS

DEPRESSED AS I'VE EVER BEEN.

I WAS DRINKING.

I WAS ON DRUGS.

WHILE HE WAS IN EXILE, HIS

FATHER VISITED.

HE PUT HIS ARMS AROUND ME AND

SAID, DAVID, NEVER FORGET THAT

GOD HAS AN INCREDIBLE PURPOSE

FOR YOUR LIFE.

HE COULD TELL I WAS REALLY DOWN.

BEFORE HE LEFT, I SAID, DAD,

COULD YOU LEAVE ME YOUR BIBLE?

AS DAVID READ THE BILE BIBLE, HE

REALIZED THAT GOD STILL LOVED

HIM.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY

LIFE, I WAS BROKEN.

I GOT TO ROMANS WHERE IT SAYS

NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE

LOVE OF GOD.

I JUST SAID, GOD, PLEASE, JUST

LOVE ME.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I

FELT THE PRESENCE OF JESUS AND I

FELT THIS OVERWHELMING LOVE FLOW

OVER ME.

DAVID EVENTUALLY MOVED BACK

TO AMERICA.

HE SAYS THAT IN GOD HE'S FOUND

THE LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE HE WAS

LOOKING FOR.

ONCE THAT DESIRE FOR THE

WOMEN WAS GONE, THE DESIRE FOR

THE MONEY WAS GONE.

ALSO, THE ALCOHOL AND THE DRUGS.

SO ONCE THAT PRIMARY ADDICTION

IS GONE, THE OTHER ADDICTIONS

TEND TO LOSE THEIR POWER.

WHAT I REALLY REALIZED WAS IT

WAS THAT LITTLE 12-YEAR-OLD BOY

WHO NEEDED TO BE LOVED AND

NEEDED TO KNOW HE WAS ALL RIGHT.

AND WHEN I REALIZED HOW MUCH GOD

LOVED THAT LITTLE BOY AND THAT

GOD HAD BROUGHT THAT LITTLE BOY

TO WHERE I WAS AT THAT POINT AND

FELT GOD'S LOVE, THAT WAS THE

HEALING PROCESS.

THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT I WAS FREE.

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