Business: The Man Who Likes Risk

Walter E. (for nothing) Heller _ is a grey-thatched, cigar-puffing financier whose business is taking risks that no prudent banker would consider. As head of Chicago's Walter E. Heller & Co., the largest independent U.S. commercial finance firm, he has helped finance the birth and growth of more than 13,000 small and medium-sized businesses—about one in 23 of all U.S. manufacturing corporations. Heller not only pumps in vital funds where banks shun the risk, but freely dispenses the advice and guidance that many struggling firms need as badly as money. His aim is...

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