Business & Finance: Bananas on High

Samuel Zemurray has been getting what he wanted ever since he landed in Manhattan in the 1880's as an 11-year-old Bessarabian immigrant. From banana jobbing in New Orleans he got a stake to start importing bananas. When he could not get all the bananas he wanted in Central America he got some revolutionists busy. He clashed with big United Fruit in Guatemala and Honduras and when United Fruit wanted to buy out his Cuyamel Fruit Co. in 1930 he sold—on a share-for-share basis. United Fruit stock was then selling for $105 a share and Sam Zemurray's stake in the Caribbean was...

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