Ron Brierley, born in 1937, established his investment firm Brierley Investments Ltd (BIL) in 1961. He invested in companies with low share prices and valuable assets. His style of corporate raiding was not always welcomed by the stock exchange, which in the late 1960s refused to list BIL. However, in 1970, when this photo was taken, the company was listed. By 1984 it was the most valuable in terms of capitalisation on the stock exchange. Brierley, who was knighted in 1987, retired from control of BIL in 1990. Listen to his biographer, Yvonne van Dongen, talk in 1990 about why the stock exchange was unwilling to list BIL.
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Reference: Yvonne van Dongen, Brierley: the man behind the corporate legend, Auckland: Viking, 1990.
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