Sunday, July 3, 2011

Michael Milken (July 4, 1946)

Now here's an anti-hero, you may think. Michael Milken was the "Junk Bond King" of 1980’s Wall Street. First he was widely acclaimed for his financial genius in inventing new investment instruments, and then was sent to jail because he crossed the line from vastly imaginative into actually illegal. He came out of jail still owning enough money to put him in world's top 500 richest people, and engaged in charitable endeavors. Now some people say he was really a financial genius who became the victim of injustice, and call him a hero.

And all the time, everyone knew he was Jewish.

Hero or anti-hero?

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