"I know he's not gay; what is he giving me all this stuff for?" Pooch remembers thinking.

He did a Calvin Klein campaign. He wore a loincloth.

Back then, Anwar was a regular at the Forge, an iconic white-linen eatery in Miami Beach. The restaurant's owner, Shareef Malnik, would watch Anwar stroll in, a beautiful woman clasped to his arm, humming with energy and charm.

"I've seen pictures of Anwar — which he is very eager to show off on his iPhone — of himself in a loincloth on a white horse," Malnik says. "When Anwar walks into a room, he's on that white horse and loincloth. You just don't see them."

Anwar says he has two main loves in life: His horses and his business, Art Express in Kendall.
Photo by Stian Roenning
Anwar says he has two main loves in life: His horses and his business, Art Express in Kendall.

The two became friends. When Malnik decided he wanted to outfit the ceiling of his place with a gigantic mirror, Anwar meticulously helped his friend pick out the frame and glass and had his team install the piece. When Malnik asked Anwar to send over an invoice, he refused. It was a gift.

"He's one of the most gregarious people I've ever met," says Miami superlawyer Roy Black. "He's extremely outgoing, fun to talk with, always upbeat, can't wait to say hello. He's always out boating, lifts weights about 24 hours a day, and usually is surrounded by a bevy of hot girls."

Women — they festoon every picture and corner of Zayden's life. But he smacks away any talk that he's a playboy. "I might be on the boat with 15 girls, but I'm only with one of them," he says. "The girls come on my boat because they feel safe there. I won't let any guy get out of hand. If a guy starts grabbing the girls, he's in the water."

He reflects: "Miami Beach has a lot of assholes who think because they have a Ferrari and money in their pockets, they can treat women like material things. That is incorrect."

The lady now glued to Zayden's side — Anna — remembers that she first spotted him when she was checking out Body Basics, a gym on 67th Street and Collins Avenue where he works out. It was January, and the personal trainer was down from her home base in Toronto for the season.

"I didn't know anybody here," she remembers. "The first impression is, you look at him and he's always with girls and on the boat, so I thought, Maybe I am another one. But I was so surprised. He ended up being a completely different person. He's really down-to-earth and simple. He actually has a soul."

It was love after the first boat ride. Now she's moved into the house.

As his maid fiddles with a tray of turkey sandwiches, Anwar settles down beneath his tiki hut, his fingers unwrapping a fresh pack of Marlboro Reds. "I'm just a simple guy," he says, meaning it.

Like every good Miami story, the curtain opens on this one in Havana.

Anwar's parents were Lebanese immigrants living in pre-Fidel Cuba. His father, Alfredo, owned an import/export business. His mother, Graciella, was the daughter of a construction magnate. After militants burned Alfredo's store in 1958, the couple left for a meager life as roving expats.

First stop: Miami. Anwar was born here in 1961. He says that around this time, his father began working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Assignments kept the family moving. "We went from one country to another," Anwar says. "I never felt any kind of security. We would be in bed at 3 in the morning and these huge bodyguards would come and throw me in the back of a limousine. Next thing you know, we're crossing the border to Mexico."

After hopscotching through Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Lebanon, the family landed in Spain. By the early 1970s there were six children — four daughters and two sons. "When we arrived in Barcelona, we were living in a one-bedroom with mattresses on the floor," Anwar says.

Money was a problem, a fact little Anwar sensed. "I remember as a child, my father would take us to a Chinese restaurant like once a week in Madrid. I remember I would always just order rice, because I thought, How the hell is this poor man going to pay for the bill of eight people? When I saw my brothers and sisters order something expensive, I wanted to kill them."

Anwar was sensitive but also "brave and bold" as a kid, his mother says in a phone interview. "Whenever we were in airports, he would never have a problem going up and talking to strangers," she recalls. He spent a lot of time hanging around ranches in the rural areas outside Madrid and Barcelona, learning to ride and eventually taking tourists on excursions. He did gymnastics in school and was always jogging through the neighborhood, even on Christmas Eve.

"I grew up with four sisters, bro. I stayed up waiting for them to come home from their dates."

He also had an eye for business. Under fascist dictator Francisco Franco, nudie mags from the free world were outlawed. But the Zay­dens sent their children to a U.S. Air Force base for school. Anwar would smuggle home Playboy from the commissary. "I had a photo-copier machine, and I would copy the pages and sell them to my friends," he says. "I guess I was an art dealer even back then."

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