Denmark: The Man Who Bought a Country

The richest man in Denmark—and reputedly one of the richest in the world—is shy, strapping A. P. (for Arnold Peter) Mø11er, who, at 85, still likes to sail himself to work in his sloop Karama III. In his storybook rise from merchant's apprentice, Mø11er (pronounced roughly Mew-lehr) has always believed in one precept besides making money: do something for Denmark. Mostly, what he has done for Denmark is to invest in it. With the profits earned abroad by his 85-ship Maersk Line and his 25,000-acre Tanganyika sugar plantation, he has built his country's biggest industrial empire, which ranges from...

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