Business: An Austere Mystic

An Austere Mystic

Hendrikus Johannes Witteveen, 56, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is the most enigmatic international civil servant since the days of Dag Hammarskjeid, the mystic who died in a plane crash while serving as Secretary-General of the United Nations. An economist by training, Witteveen always carries a pocket calculator, which he whips into action during esoteric discussions of international finance. A strict adherent of the obscure Sufi religious cult,* Witteveen, despite the intense pressures of his job, finds time to meditate every morning and evening. He sees...

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