Attendees listened intently and cheered her to the rafters. She got a cool million for an hour-long speech, which is more than Boris or Blair could ever hope for. And it wasn’t even her specialty—she’s an ecdysiast—but during the recent Hedge Fund Week in Miami, Kim Kardashian was the star speaker. It tells me all I want to know about hedge fund managers, as I had a good teacher long ago, one John Bryan of toe-sucking fame.
Luckily my father was still alive back then, and after Bryan had taken me to the cleaners, old dad put his foot down. “I have a drawer full of moldering proposals on how to become richer from financial advisers,” he told me, “stop looking for shortcuts and try being a shipowner.” After my father’s death on July 14, 1989, I actually went looking for a financial adviser, warned by friends that advisers are b
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