The Netherlands: Bad Fortune

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Hours after the kidnaping, a letter was delivered to the central police station in The Hague, reportedly demanding a ransom of $8.3 million. Heineken has always told his top managers that if he were kidnaped, they should refuse to pay for his release. But associates believe that the tycoon would wish no expense spared in rescuing his close friend Doderer. "If you can't reach me," Heineken was fond of saying, "just ask Ab. He knows all my secrets." By week's end both men, and all their secrets, remained out of reach.

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