After weeks of speculation and buzz, it was reported this morning in the Houston Chronicle newspaper that Farouk Shami has announced he is running for the Democratic nomination of governor of the state of Texas.
In an exclusive interview in the September issue of MODERN SALON, Farouk hinted at the possibility. When MODERN Editor in Chief Laurel Smoke asked about rumors surrounding Shami’s political ambitions, he answered, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
A few weeks ago, Shami hosted thousands of guests, including current Texas governor Rick Perry and Houston Mayor Bill White, for the ribbon cutting of CHI USA, a 500,000-square-foot facility replacing facilities in Asia and creating an initial 1,200 new jobs in the Houston area. Up to 5,000 additional jobs expected to be created over the next three to four years.
Can this beauty industry powerhouse translate his skills and bring his diverse background into the Texas governor’s office?
Shami told the Chronicle, “I came with nothing to Texas,” he said. “I started with nothing and built a billion-dollar business. I’ve hired thousands of people, and I’m ready to hire thousands and thousands more. I am blessed to be a U.S. citizen and blessed to be a Texan. This state gave me the greatest opportunity. I want to pay back by leading Texas. With privilege comes responsibility.”
Click here to read the Houston Chronicle article, Hair-care king wants a new job: governor.
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