Investment: Cornfeld's Cornucopia

The conservative moneymen of Europe for years treated Bernard Cornfeld, the Brooklyn-bred magnate of mutual funds, as though he had financial halitosis. Many prophesied an early demise for his Investors Overseas Services, which flouted tradition and aggressively sold mutual funds to investors abroad, much as Fuller Brush men peddle house hold wares in the U.S. Now that the raff ish upstart has built I.O.S. assets to $1.8 billion, he has become too rich and powerful to deride. Investment hous es seek Cornfeld's favor, and continental bankers have begun imitating his sales methods. Last week I.O.S. brought out its first...

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