Mexico: The Diamond-Studded Coyote

In Mexican business talk, a "coyote" is a slick deal-maker who moves secretly, cultivates the right people in high places and knows how to come away with a good profit. But coyote is not an offensive label to big, jowly Carlos Trouyet, 59, a Mexico City banker and financier who prizes the title so highly that he wears in his lapel a small coyote made of diamonds. With a personal fortune of well over $15 million, Trouyet (pronounced true-jay) is a director of 42 companies and chairman of 19 of them—in telephones,...

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