His Ultimate Deal: How Rich Got Off The Hook

Marc Rich trades nearly every plant, mineral and fuel that can be taken from the earth and turned into profit. He does it on such a grand scale that his trades actually affect how much Americans pay for a slice of bread or a light bulb. "Some say he is the greatest trader since Moses made a deal to part the Red Sea," says biographer A. Craig Copetas, a Wall Street Journal reporter. When Clinton pardoned Rich last month, it was yet another deal--a business problem that took 18 years for Rich to solve.

Before the pardon, Rich appeared to have...

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