How the Aga Khan Stumbled

He's not only a spiritual leader, he's also a billionaire and a careful investor. So why are his bankers after him?

Raising cash was no problem for the Aga Khan's illustrious grandfather, Sultan Sir Mahomed Shah Aga Khan. He simply let followers hoist his 243-lb. frame onto a scale and then match his weight in diamonds or gold -- a quaint practice that lapsed long ago. The present Aga Khan, Prince Karim, retains the reverence that goes with his heritage: he is the spiritual leader of the 15 million Ismaili Muslims, who regard him as a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. But even though Prince Karim has long been ranked as one of the world's richest men, his financial clout suddenly...

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