Oh really? Just what business do you think that he dominated? He promoted real estate deals. That is the one business in which almost everyone is an ill informed buyer or seller supported by a bank wanting to peddle a loan.
It is also incredibly tough to make a buck in it. You survive by agreeing to everyone and then once they are committed, beating them up to ensure suitability of the project. If it still fails, you put it in bankruptcy and then see if it can be refinanced to pay. You remember to pay yourself while you do this.
There are a million easier ways to make a buck. There is even a million easier ways to make a million bucks. Ask Warren Buffet.
What is absolutely true is that the deal must be closed and any lie will do. Remember that if you buy anything. He just happens to be awfully good at promoting real estate. He is not selling a Ponzi Scheme which is why his buyer finally forgive him.
I have met and dealt with many like him and it simply goes with the territory. Get over it. Real business is not pretty and as we are learning neither is old fashioned corruption a la Clinton.
Maybe he can sell Russia to China and give the USA ten percent of the future profits..