MY STORY

Hi! I’M LEONIDAS

THIS IS MY STORY

I WAS BORN IN ABU DHABI.
LIVED IN UAE, UK, USA, SWITZERLAND & GERMANY. EDUCATED IN UAE, UKRAINE, USA AND UK

1989

HUSTLING SINCE 8

SINCE THE AGE OF 8, I'VE BEEN HUSTLING IN SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES, SPORTS FIELDS, SELLING VIDEO GAMES, MIXTAPES, TRADING CARDS, AND RARE SNEAKERS. THIS IS WHERE MY ENTREPRENEURSHIP JOURNEY BEGAN

MILLIONAIRE BY 17

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HUSTLING SINCE THE AGE OF 8, I MANAGED TO AMASS MY FIRST MILLION BEFORE TURNING 17, ALL WITHOUT A COLLEGE EDUCATION

1998

KIDNAPPED IN UKRAINE

LIFE TOOK A PERILOUS TURN WHEN I WAS KIDNAPPED IN UKRAINE BY A MILITIA THAT DEMANDED A RANSOM OF $1 MILLION

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1999
JOURNEY INTO MUSIC BEGINS

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1999

UNIVERSAL MUSIC

WAS OFFERED A DREAM JOB IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC AS A LABEL MANAGER WHILE AT UNIVERSITY, WORKING 9-5 AND STUDYING 7-10 EVERY DAY

1999

RAISINI ENTERTAINMENT

CREATED DUBAI'S FIRST ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS AGENCY THAT WILL GO ON TO PUT ON SOME OF THE BEST NIGHTLIFE EVENTS AND MUSIC FESTIVALS ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST

CREATED DUBAI'S FIRST ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS AGENCY THAT WILL GO ON TO PUT ON SOME OF THE BEST NIGHTLIFE EVENTS AND MUSIC FESTIVALS ACROSS
THE MIDDLE EAST

2000

VIRGIN MEGASTORE

I JOINED FORCES WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON, COLLABORATING ON THE OPENING OF HIS VIRGIN MEGASTORES ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

I JOINED FORCES WITH SIR RICHARD BRANSON,
COLLABORATING ON THE OPENING OF HIS
VIRGIN MEGASTORES ACROSS THE
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

2003

RAISINI RECORDS

FOLLOWING REJECTIONS FROM SONY, WARNER, UNIVERSAL, AND VIRGIN, I LAUNCHED DUBAI'S FIRST HOUSE MUSIC LABEL TO PUBLISH MY MUSIC AND SUPPORT DESERVING ARTISTS OVERLOOKED BY MAJOR LABELS

2005

RAISINI FOUNDATION

INSPIRED BY THE DEVASTATING TSUNAMI IN THAILAND IN 2005, I EMBARKED ON A MISSION TO PROVIDE RELIEF AND SUPPORT TO THE AFFECTED, LEADING TO THE BIRTH OF THE RAISINI FOUNDATION. THIS CATALYTIC EVENT IGNITED OUR UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO REBUILDING SHATTERED LIVES

2006

CHEATED DEATH

A VISIT TO THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN TOOK AN UNEXPECTED TURN WHEN I WAS MISTAKEN FOR A SPY, DETAINED, AND ENDED UP IN A DEADLY CAR CRASH WHILE BEING ESCORTED BACK TO THE AIRPORT

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ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

WON MY FIRST ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR MY REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENTS WITH THE RECORD LABEL AND ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY. THIS PRESTIGIOUS RECOGNITION WAS BESTOWED UPON ME BY XEROX

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2009

TOP 100

NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 100 INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN EMIRATES

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2010

RAISINI BOUTIQUE LIFESTYLE AGENCY

OVER THE PAST DECADE, RAISINI HAS EVOLVED FROM AN ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY INTO A BOUTIQUE LIFESTYLE AGENCY, OFFERING A RANGE OF SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF TO GLOBAL BRANDS. THESE SERVICES INCLUDED PRODUCT LAUNCH, SPONSORSHIP, EXPERIENTIAL EXPERIENCES, EVENTS, AND CREATIVE SOLUTIONS

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2010

HOT 100

NAMED AS ONE OF THE HOT 100 PEOPLE IN EMIRATES IN 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 AND 2015

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2011

RAISINI MUSIC PUBLISHING

RAISINI MUSIC PUBLISHING WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF ROBA MUSIC PUBLISHING, WITH A PRIMARY FOCUS ON PUBLISHING OUR ARTISTS AND CREATIVELY PROMOTING SONGS AND SUPPORTING WRITERS

2012

GRADUATION

GRADUATED IN 2012 FROM UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, WITH A MASTERS OF SCIENCE DEGREE

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2005 - TODAY

INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO

SINCE 2005, I HAVE PRIORITIZED DIVERSIFYING MY INVESTMENTS ACROSS VARIOUS AREAS, BUILDING A PORTFOLIO THAT REVOLVES AROUND MY EXPERTISE AND LEVERAGES THE ADVANTAGES OF MY EXTENSIVE NETWORK

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2020

HAVN

HAVN LTD, A TECH COMPANY FOUNDED IN 2020, SPECIALIZING IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, WEBSITE CREATION AND DESIGNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF LIFESTYLE APPS WITH A FOCUS ON HEALTH, SPORTS, FITNESS, HOSPITALITY, MUSIC, AND ENTERTAINMENT

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2023

RAISINI INVESTMENTS

IN 2023, I LAUNCHED THE RAISINI FUND TO INVEST IN TENACIOUS FOUNDERS WHO POSSESS UNWAVERING GRIT AND THE UNWAVERING SPIRIT TO OVERCOME ALL OBSTACLES. AT THE CORE, I SEEK OUT INDIVIDUALS WHO EXHIBIT THE BEHAVIORS, ATTITUDES, AND UNWAVERING DETERMINATION TO AMBITIOUSLY GROW AND THRIVE.

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25 GREAT YEARS

Raisini has embarked on an extraordinary 25-year voyage, filled with moments of phenomenal achievement. With deep gratitude towards our treasured friends and partners, we raise a toast to countless more years of success and inspiring endeavors

1999
RAISINI
ENTERTAINMENT
2003
RAISINI RECORDS
2005
RAISINI FOUNDATION
2007
DEEPER SOUNDS
OF RAISINI
2008
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE
YEAR AWARD
2009
RAISINI PHOTOGRAPHY
2010
ULTRA RAISINI
2010
BOUTIQUE LIFESTYLE
AGENCY
2011
RAISINI MUSIC
PUBLISHING
2018
RAISINI U.K. HQ
2020
HAVN SUPERAPP
2023
RAISINI INVESTMENTS
2023
20th ANNIVERSARY
RAISINI RECORDS
2024
25th ANNIVERSARY
RAISINI

GLOBAL TOURS/EVENTS

RAISINI has hosted events and toured around the world in the most vibrant cities, making the brand globally recognized as the 1st Electronic Dance Music Label from Dubai while making new friends and fans through this Journey

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