The Dealmaker Rides Again

Kirk Kerkorian is 87, worth $9 billion and still has a mean forehand. So what does he want with GM?

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Without being in Kirk Kerkorian's mind, it's hard to say why a secretive 87-year-old Beverly Hills billionaire would suddenly buy shares in an industrial dinosaur like General Motors. So let's say this: The man doesn't like sitting in the backseat, not in his personal life, certainly not as a businessman. Most mornings he drives himself to work in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, arriving at the office by 10:30. He can afford a chauffeur, of course, since he's worth an estimated $9 billion, a fortune built over a half-century of buying and selling assets from airlines to real estate, casinos, hotels,...

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