Rudy is All Business

The former New York City mayor parlayed his experience into opportunity. He got rich, but who were his clients?

Danny Wilcox Frazier / Redux for TIME

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Not long after he stepped down as mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani received an intriguing offer. A group of officials from a Florida company called Seisint Inc. asked him to promote a powerful new database technology capable of tracking potential terrorists and other criminals. Their timing was perfect. Giuliani had just opened Giuliani Partners (GP), a consulting shop that planned to specialize in helping companies like Seisint grow. "Nobody knew us; everybody knew him," says Michael Brauser, a major shareholder who negotiated the December 2002 contract between GP and the Boca Raton-based firm. "It was an...

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