BUSINESS ABROAD: The Jasper Scandal

Britain's postwar prosperity has spawned a new breed of high-flying financiers: the take-over men. As they took over one company after another, the stocks often soared dizzily, and they raked in fat profits. The British government paid little attention to the raiders until the stocks controlled by one of the biggest, H. Jasper & Co., collapsed, and trading of the shares in 15 Jasper companies was stopped. Last week the British government launched a full-scale investigation into where Jasper got his money and how he built his empire.

Dapper Harry Oscar Jasper, 54, is...

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