“They Wanted To Break Me” Auto Executive Carlos Ghosn on His Risky Escape from Japan

Former Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn fled Japan in a dramatic escape just over a month ago. He is currently the subject of an Interpol search warrant. DER SPIEGEL met him in Beirut for an interview.
Former Nissan and Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in Beirut after his escape from Japan

Former Nissan and Renault chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in Beirut after his escape from Japan

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The chairman and CEO: Ghosn with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 (top left); a superhero manga cartoon with Ghosn; a portrait for Fortune magazine in 2006; and one in front of a Nissan sports car in 2004 (bottom)

The chairman and CEO: Ghosn with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 (top left); a superhero manga cartoon with Ghosn; a portrait for Fortune magazine in 2006; and one in front of a Nissan sports car in 2004 (bottom)

The wealthy private man: Ghosn at the 50th birthday of his second wife Carole at Versailles in 2016 (above); in a private jet in 2006; with his children at a gala in New York in 2013; and at his vineyard in Lebanon in 2012

The wealthy private man: Ghosn at the 50th birthday of his second wife Carole at Versailles in 2016 (above); in a private jet in 2006; with his children at a gala in New York in 2013; and at his vineyard in Lebanon in 2012

Refuge in Beirut: Ghosn's car as he makes his way to a press conference; Ghosn's mansion in the city's well-heeled Achrafieh district

Refuge in Beirut: Ghosn's car as he makes his way to a press conference; Ghosn's mansion in the city's well-heeled Achrafieh district

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