Latin America: The Beneficent Octopus

In a neo-Tudor office building in Buenos Aires, a clattering telex last week typed out more than 1,000 messages a day from the four corners of the world. There was news of jute prices in Calcutta, of harvest prospects in Illinois, and of grain shipments from Australia. All these reports had the same addressee: Bunge & Born Ltd., a firm so powerful that Argentines call it "El Pulpo"—the Octopus.

Scions of the Times. Little-known out side its homeland, Bunge & Born is the mightiest trading company south of the Equator and one of...

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