CORPORATIONS: The Transistor Tycoons

The size of the biggest family fortune made in the get-rich-quick U.S. electronics industry was fixed last week. Only 30 minutes after being placed on the market, the first public offering of 1,000,000 shares of Transitrun Electronic Corp. at $36 each was snapped up by investors. Not since the first public sale of 10.2 million Ford Motor Co. shares in 1956 has a stock issue attracted such broad public demand. Transitron quickly jumped to $49 per share in over-the-counter trading, closed the week at $43 per share. To Transitron's owners, David and Leo Bakalar. went $34.4 million for part...

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