And for This He Read Poetry?

Jonathan Zhu, chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley China, calls himself an "accidental banker"—and for good reason. In the late 1980s, the Shanghai-born Zhu was studying the poetry of William Wordsworth in a Ph.D. program at New York's Cornell University. Wordsworth, he says, wrote his best work during the French Revolution, a period Zhu felt reflected his own experience in Mao's China. But in 1988, Zhu's life changed forever when he joined other Chinese studying abroad on a special tour of his home country, organized by the communist government. He met farmers and fishermen, visited the new Volkswagen factory in...

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