Asian godfathers : money and power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (Book, 2007) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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Asian godfathers : money and power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia

Asian godfathers : money and power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia

Author: Joe Studwell
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are home to five hundred million people, yet their economies are dominated by only forty or fifty families whose interests range from banking to real estate, shipping to sugar, gambling to lumber. A complex mythology surrounds these billionaires - one that informs views on Asian business, culture, and economics." "In Asian Godfathers, Joe Studwell finds that the facts are even more  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Studwell
ISBN: 9780871139689 0871139685
OCLC Number: 154673682
Description: xxx, 328 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: I: Godfathers of yore. The context --
II: How to be a post-war godfather. How to be a godfather, #1 : get in character --
How to be a godfather, #2 : core cash flow --
How to be a godfather, #3 : structuring an organisation : chief slaves and gweilo running dogs --
How to be a godfather, #4 : banks, piggy banks and the joy of capital markets --
III: Godfathers today : defending the precious. The 1990s : ecstasy and reckoning --
Finale : the politics, stupid.
Responsibility: Joe Studwell.

Abstract:

"Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are home to five hundred million people, yet their economies are dominated by only forty or fifty families whose interests range from banking to real estate, shipping to sugar, gambling to lumber. A complex mythology surrounds these billionaires - one that informs views on Asian business, culture, and economics." "In Asian Godfathers, Joe Studwell finds that the facts are even more remarkable than the myths. Studwell has spent fifteen years as a reporter in the region, and he marshals his sources to paint intimate and revealing portraits of the men who control it. While examining the hidden lives of these enigmatic men, Studwell also provides readers with an understanding of the broader historic, economic, and political influences that have shaped Southeast Asia for the last 150 years."--Jacket
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