Victor & William Fung

That pair of jeans you recently bought has a multinational pedigree: the zipper was probably made in Japan, the fabric came from Hong Kong, the thread from China, and all the pieces were assembled at a Vietnamese factory. It's cheaper to make many types of goods by sourcing parts from around the world. And for that discovery, much of the thanks goes to Victor and William Fung, the two low-key brothers at the helm of Hong Kong-based supply-chain-management firm Li & Fung. They are the great middlemen of modern trade, orchestrating the production of everyday goods for giant retailers like Victoria's...

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