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- May 07, 1979
- Vol. 11
- No. 18
James Strachan, 25, acquired a yen for travel from his divorced mother, a United Nations refugee official, and cashed in. He now spends up to six months a year negotiating multimillion-dollar investments in North Africa and the Middle East. As assistant vice-president for the London-based Merrill Lynch International Banking Group, he has helped float a $25 million note between the Kuwaiti and Panamanian governments and backed a Qatar sheik in an $11 million hotel project. That means pressure. "It's hair-raising every time when you're dealing with people in that part of the world," he complains. "They take a long time to make up their minds." While studying economics at Cambridge University, he spent summers working for a Chase Manhattan Bank affiliate in London and took one year off to apprentice in a merchant bank. Then after graduation James indulged his wanderlust. He supported himself making mud bricks in a Tanzanian village, then tracked Bedouin tribes in Abu Dhabi for a film script. Finally he safaried across much of Africa, building up a file of contacts. There is still one deal that the six-foot bachelor(born partially deaf) isn't quite ready to sew up: "I don't think a wife would like the way I live very much."
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