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Colombia worries as troops join Arab mercenary force

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, June 7 (UPI) -- Colombia's defense ministry is alarmed about an exodus of top soldiers to the United Arab Emirates to join a highly paid U.S.-led mercenary force organized by Erik Prince, billionaire founder of the infamous security firm Blackwater.

Blackwater founder's ties to firm denied

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- The founder of Blackwater Worldwide has no ties to Reflex Responses, a company training troops in the United Arab Emirates, the president of the company says.

American building mercenary Mideast army

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 15 (UPI) -- The founder of Blackwater is building a secret mercenary army in the the United Arab Emirates, former employees and U.S. officials say.
Blackwater founder reported selling firm

Blackwater founder reported selling firm

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The private security firm formerly known as Blackwater is being sold, people close to founder Erik Prince told The New York Times.
Erik Prince sets up shop in Abu Dhabi

Erik Prince sets up shop in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. security magnate Erik Prince, embattled for head of the notorious Blackwater mercenary outfit that made a fortune in Iraq, is setting up shop in the United Arab Emirates.

Blackwater founder moves to Abu Dhabi

MOYOCK, N.C., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The founder of the largest U.S. State Department private security contractor moved himself and his family to the United Arab Emirates, court papers indicate.
Ex-Blackwater leader defends firm

Ex-Blackwater leader defends firm

HOLLAND, Mich., May 6 (UPI) -- The man who once headed the international security firm formerly known as Blackwater defends the firm's record despite controversy it engendered in Iraq.
Xe called in NATO airstrikes, founder says

Xe called in NATO airstrikes, founder says

HOLLAND, Mich., May 5 (UPI) -- Private security contractors working in Afghanistan called in NATO airstrikes, Erik Prince, the founder of contractor Xe, was recorded as saying.
Blackwater founder tells of secret CIA aid

Blackwater founder tells of secret CIA aid

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The founder of Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. military contractor employed in Iraq and Afghanistan, says he helped secret CIA programs targeting al-Qaida.
Blackwater faces sixth suit for shootings

Blackwater faces sixth suit for shootings

MOYOCK, N.C., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A group of Iraqis filed suit against Blackwater stemming from an incident of guards driving through the streets of Baghdad randomly shooting innocent people.
Blackwater moves to dismiss lawsuit

Blackwater moves to dismiss lawsuit

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Iraqis killed by Blackwater employees told a U.S. judge Erik Prince, the company's founder, is directly responsible.

Slain Iraqi's family sues Blackwater

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. security contractor Blackwater USA and its founder Erik Prince have been named in a lawsuit alleging a war crime in Iraq, documents indicate.

Dogs of War: Life without Blackwater?

WASHINGTON, July 25 (UPI) -- For a moment there it looked like we might not have Blackwater to kick around anymore.
DAVID ISENBERG
Blackwater, out of spotlight, growing

Blackwater, out of spotlight, growing

WASHINGTON, May 18 (UPI) -- U.S. security contractor Blackwater has overcome a rash of negative publicity to record steady business growth, The Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer said Sunday.
Dogs of War: Cost-effective: Myth or fact?

Dogs of War: Cost-effective: Myth or fact?

WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- If you've heard it once, you've heard it countless times: Governments and corporations turn to private military contractors because it is more cost-effective than using regular military forces. But is it true?
DAVID ISENBERG
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Chairman of Blackwater USA Erik Prince testifies before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on private security contracting in Iraq in Washington on October 2, 2007. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Erik Dean Prince (born June 6, 1969) is the American founder and was the sole owner of the private military company Xe Services LLC, formerly Blackwater Worldwide. Testifying before the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on October 2, 2007, he gave his title as chairman and CEO of the Prince Group and Blackwater Worldwide, then named Blackwater USA. On March 2, 2009, Prince announced that he was stepping down as CEO of Xe. He is currently living abroad in the United Arab Emirates, where he has been contracted to create a private military contractor force and writing his memoirs. In June 2010, he put Xe up for sale. The company was purchased on December 17, 2010 by USTC Holdings, an investment group. Prince will no longer have an equity stake in or involvement in the management or operation of Xe.

Erik Prince was born in Holland, Michigan to Edgar D. Prince and Elsa Broekhuizen. The youngest of four children, Prince has three older sisters. Prince's mother is of Dutch heritage, as was his late father (the family name, Prins, was at some point anglicized to Prince).

As a boy, Prince had a passion for the outdoors. He taught himself to trap and, in his own words, "spent a lot of time with a BB gun and a hatchet."

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