Tuesday, January 06, 2009

When risk gets taken to the extremes...

I have always admired intelligent risk takers. The `intelligent' is the operative - take it to mean the faculty to figure out how much to commit to an adventure that leaves sufficient sustenance in the end if things were to go horribly wrong. And we thought high networth entrepreneurs are too good at it.
I stand corrected after reading about Adolf Merckle, the wealthy German businessman with a networth of over 9 billion euros committed suicide by hurling himself before a speeding train. The billionaire, 74, was said by his family to have been “broken” by the sight of his business empire, which ranged from pharmaceuticals to cement, crumbling. He died on Monday evening, apparently hit by a train a few hundred metres from his home in southern Germany.
What a horrible end...!

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